The sign of a great leader is his ability to go last. In all walks of life, the greatest among us are usually remembered for their humility and selflessness as much as they are for their accomplishments. Those that are truly great have no need to announce it. Washington, Lincoln, Sam Walton and Billy Graham all men that are great and had no need to be first. Joshua was such a man. He served Moses the 40+ years they wandered the desert. He served God as the successor to one of God’s best friends. He served the people by leading the charge to regain their inheritance and he selflessly waited to the end to pick his land to call home.
The people gave Joshua the exact land he wanted—in and among them. It was not set apart or raised as a place of special honor—no it was right in the midst of the folks, right where a great leader wants to be. They saved the best for last. The funny thing was—the happiness felt by the Israelites probably exceeded the overwhelming joy that Joshua felt. Because, even though he was humbled and grateful for the gesture—the people were able to say thank you in a way that honored God and honored Joshua.
In our lives, we need to come to the place—where we rush to get in the back of the line. Our hearts need to race when we are serving and stand humbly when we are being served. If we can become transformed in that way, we will enjoy the blessings of being selfless and we will leave a legacy of greatness that is shared by a small minority of folks walking on this journey. Few of us can remember the NFL MVP for the last 10 years. Few of us can remember the NBA’s top scorer. But all of us can remember those few people that poured their lives into ours and made us the perople of faith we are today—(Thanks Kim, Jon, Charlie, Pastor Gephart, Jonathan Pederson, Brian, Jorgy and my wonderful bride)—Just to name a few!!
God Bless You
When they had finished dividing the land into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them, 50 as the Lord had commanded. They gave him the town he asked for—Timnath Serah[d] in the hill country of Ephraim. And he built up the town and settled there.
51 These are the territories that Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel assigned by lot at Shiloh in the presence of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. And so they finished dividing the land.