Do people respond to your exhortation? (76-4)
Joshua continued to lead the people way into his old age. One of his great leadership skills was exhortation. Read Joshua 23:1-24:33.
Joshua’s farewell to the leaders was filled with passion exhorting the leaders to “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left. Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God as you have until now.”
Joshua’s words about the Lord were always filled with passion and totally consistent. To be a leader that is effective in exhorting their team, you must have strong core beliefs, be consistent in personally demonstrating those beliefs in your daily life and be passionate to share those beliefs with your team.
The testimony to the effectiveness of Joshua’s exhortation is found in Joshua 24:31: “Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.”
Do people respond to your exhortation? If not, check yourself first. Have your words consistently matched your actions?
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