‘So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him.’ (Numbers 27v18)
In this passage, we are introduced to man of faith Joshua who was one of twelve sent out to spy on Canaan ready for an attack. However, on their return, while ten of the spies gave negative reports about how Israel would be overwhelmed and destroyed by the giants inhabiting the land, Joshua and another were the only ones to remind the people that God was with them and he would achieve it. (Perhaps he held in his mind how God had delivered them from the Pharoah and Egypt?)
The spirit of leadership observed in Joshua is a ‘primary spiritual gift’ which stands out from the many other gifts the believer possesses. While these other basic gifts also result in blessing and formational growth, our primary spiritual gift is unique in that when this gift is put into into action: :
- the person is energised (in a way they are not when operating in other gifts)
- other people are blessed by this ministry
- the person has a greater sense of calling and spiritual fulfillment.
This was certainly Joshua’s experience who after Moses went on to lead the people as they entered Canaan.