Monday, March 18, 2013

Leadership

Do you think of your children as God's little leaders?

No matter the age, our children CAN be used by God in leadership roles.  One is never too young to start developing and using gifts of leadership.

I find myself drawn to the stories and lessons in the Bible where a child or youth is used powerfully by God in a leadership role. 


The most famous and favorite of many Christians is David.

However, my favorite is King Josiah of Judah.  His inspiring story can be found in both 2 Kings 22 & 23 AND 2 Chronicles 34 & 35.

I love the story of this young man so much that if Allie had been a boy, she would have most likely been given the name Josiah. 

The story begins when Josiah becomes King of Judah at the very young age of 8.  Scripture tells us that "in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David." [2 Chronicles 34:3]  So, at 16 years of age (8 years into his reign) he turns to God. 

He spends the remaining 23 years of his reign doing "what was right in the eyes of the LORD" and "not turning aside to the right or to the left." [2 Kings 22:2] 

In fact, he was so faithful to God in his leadership that Scripture declares, "Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did--with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength." [2 Kings 23:25]

What made Josiah so great?

Scripture tells us that,
"Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the LORD their God.  As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the LORD..."


Here's Josiah's inspiring leadership in a nutshell:

First and foremost...He turned to God in his youth and sought him with all his heart, soul, and strength.

Second, through God-centered leadership he changed the spiritual culture of his people by purging the land of all the detestable idolatry the kings before him had built and allowed.

Third, his leadership inspired others to serve God.

I love Josiah's story! 

His is a story worth teaching our children while they are young in hopes that THEY TOO would strive to leave a godly leadership legacy.


Join me as I pray the following:

Lord, I pray my children would LOVE the story of King Josiah.  I pray his example of godly leadership at such a young age would inspire them in their youth to lead in a godly manner.  May their leadership legacy, like that of Josiah's, be comprised of 1) Turning to God ; 2) Using their positions of leadership as opportunities for purging this world of detestable idolatry; and 3) Inspiring others, through example, to join them in serving God with all their heart, soul, and strength.

2 Kings 22 & 23; 2 Chronicles 33 &34


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