Get Out of the Boat and Lead (4/10/13)

Read: Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Joshua 1:1-2:24, Luke 13:22-14:6, Psalm 79:1-13, Proverbs 12:26

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Mary Chilton

Relate: At 13 Mary was too young to be on this voyage. In early August she, along with 149 others were packed like sardines into a boat only 100 feet long. For three months they crossed almost unknown waters to land on an almost unknown shore. Her father took sick on that voyage and died less than a month after landfall. Her mother died months later. Two of her friends also died that first year and ten of the fourteen adult women. But all that and nearly sixty years of adventure still lay ahead. There were many famous and great men aboard the Mayflower. Many other pilgrims would follow on future boats, but Mary was the first. Maybe it was childlike excitement. Maybe it was simple faith or courage. Maybe she was impetuous. Whatever the reason, Mary Chilton was the first one to step out of the boat. Everyone else followed her.

For forty years Moses had led the people. For forty years, God provided manna every day. He sent quail, He drove out their enemies, He led them by a pillar of fire and cloud. But now it was time to cross over. Moses wasn’t coming. The manna wouldn’t be there. The pillar of fire had served its purpose. Joshua was to step into leadership in a time of transition. He was taking the reigns during the height of uncertainty. God was going to do something new. But it was still God who would be doing the doing. If only Joshua would be strong and courageous in his obedience.

React: Some of us are called to be leaders and the rest of us are called to… lead. Some are called to be Joshua’s who will usher in a victorious people who will take the land under the banner of the Almighty. Others of us are called to simply be the first out of the boat. What is your boat? What is mine? One of mine is a young girl named Satyavathi Sunkari. For a few years now I’ve sponsoring her through World Vision for a few bucks a month. I got a thank you letter from her yesterday. Another boat for me was leaving a comfortable position in Oswego with people I love to join in the adventure that is Two Rivers. For a friend is is leaving New Jersey to join with Convoy of Hope in Eastern Europe. Each of us has things God has called us to do. Each of us have unique talents and gifts that God can use in unique ways. Each of us are leaders if only we step out of the boat. If what we are doing for God is easy and comfortable, then there is probably a whole lot more He is still calling us to do.

Respond: 

God, You have called me to so much more. You have not called me to this comfortable, easy life that I have been living. Help me to see when and where and how I am to step out of the boat. Help me to understand when, in love, it is time to start rocking it. Help me to have the strength and the courage to lead as You led… by serving others. Help me to be more like You.

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About BJ Richardson

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." And then it continues with a second step, and another after that. The journey of a thousand miles requires over two million steps, each taken one after another. It is easy to begin. It is more difficult to continue, day by day, step by step, moment by moment. The River Walk exists as an encouragement and motivator to keep walking. It is a daily devotional, it is a mirror reflecting what God is showing me as I walk with Him. Will you walk with me, following Him, along this journey?

22 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Jeremiah 23:29 and commented:
    Amazing! Must Read!

  2. Thank you for saying this: “…then there is probably a whole lot more He is still calling us to do.”
    I needed to hear that. I was reminded to continue keeping certain things in prayer.

  3. Your timing was perfect and your words hit my heart powerfully. Mary is my new computer wallpaper. Thank you! :)

  4. I’m a reluctant leader, thanks for the lesson and the song.

  5. There are many people waiting for God to step up on their behalf because they do not realize that God is waiting for them to step out in faith in Him. Thank you for leaving your comfort zone!

  6. Selah

    I’m happy I read this because just this morning, I took on more challenges and I pray God strengthen us all to to challenge our selves in Christ more – Amen.

  7. This is awesome! Stepping out in faith for the lord is with us!

  8. Marti Hendrickson

    Oh, I just want to be where the Lord wants me and to be “alert” to His Will!!!

  9. Great post here. So right on time. Me and my husband are stepping out of the boat to do God bidding for the kingdom as well. With everything I’ve gone through to get to “the otherside” it is only befitting that God would have a God sized task for us to accomplish and complete. My prayers of blessing and covering on your new found church and ministy. May God’s glory always rise and set before as you seek to do His will.

    God Bless

    *Grace* for the Journey

  10. Reblogged this on *Grace* for the Journey and commented:
    For anyone that is wondering what God is up to. Take the challenge. Step out the boat and see what He is doing.

  11. My Dad said to me once when I was struggling, “You can’t expect to walk on water if you won’t get out of the boat.” Rocked my world! Your post reminded me of that day. Great word! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Since my surrender, I have known that I am to speak and participate in the the body of Christ. As I said to a friend, God wants us to shake the world. Each and everyone of us, in his Glory.

  13. Wow! Thank you, as always your posts are powerful and meaningful. This particular one is paired with the fact that I am reading a Christian Fiction book “The King” that starts with the lessons of God choosing Noah, Moses, and Joshua as his chosen leaders. Not people of wealth or social stature, but men of integrity and humanness(if that is a word). What is God asking of me? Right now I am not certain, but I will listen closely and wait for His word.
    Thank you.

  14. This is a great post, and my soul is in much need of hearing these words. Thank you! “This world promises comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.”

  15. Great story and reflection. I especially like this line: “Some of us are called to be leaders and the rest of us are called to… lead.” It’s a reminder that no matter what our circumstances, we are able to lead simply by being a person of faith and courage.
    Blessings,
    Cheryl

  16. Reblogged this on Well Worth Repeating and commented:
    Encouraging Post. Surely God gives us the courage to step out of the boat…

  17. Reblogged this on Psalm 16:11 and commented:
    Powerful post about Joshua 1:9 and stepping out of the boat! At 13 Mary Chilton was the first one out of the Mayflower. Everyone else followed..

  18. I reblogged this on blessedx5ks. Thanks again for the shake.

  19. Reblogged this on John 1:1…♥ and commented:
    Beautiful.

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