Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Leadership: Ancient Examples For Modern Times
They brought Joseph into Egypt.
Genesis 37:28 (NASB)
Esther was taken to the king's palace...
Esther 2:8 (NASB)
The king talked with them, and out of them all not one was found like Daniel...
Daniel 1:19 (NASB)
Without a doubt, Jesus is our greatest Example of Leadership. But earlier, God gave us three others. Each lived in a land filled with idols (as we do today). Each represented God with distinction. Each changed a nation.
Consider Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham: sold into slavery by his brothers and taken to Egypt. Even as a prisoner, his talent was noticed. Eventually, he became the governor of earth's most powerful nation: a position that would save God's people. When he was reunited with his brothers, Joseph said: 'You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20).*
Consider Esther, a Jewish orphan raised by her cousin in Persia. Jews were second-class citizens, but Esther was a first-class beauty. She was drafted into an unusual beauty competition. Her exemplary behavior won the heart of a king and the lives of her people. When King Ahasuerus was tricked into signing a death warrant for all Jews, Esther risked everything to plead their cause. She said, 'If I perish, I perish' (Esther 4:16).**
Consider Daniel, a young man taken to Babylon following Israel's defeat by King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel and his friends (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) adapted like champs, but never became chumps. In purity, prayer and devotion, they stayed faithful to God and rose to fame. Daniel served as an advisor to four kings, three of whom would come to revere 'The God of Daniel' (Daniel 6:26).***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: consider Jesus first. Then consider Joseph, Esther and Daniel: lovers of God in loveless places. God put them in positions to save His people and change the world. He wants to do the same for you. To serve Him, copy them.
## Leadership Series: Ancient Examples For Modern Times (Part 12)
* What we should learn from the story of Joseph: http://www.gotquestions.org/Joseph-brothers.html
** What we should learn from the story of Esther: http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Esther.html
** AMTC Devotion Series on Esther: http://amtcdevotions.org/beautiful-like-esther-part-1-the-gift-of-beauty
*** What we should learn from the story of Daniel: http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Daniel.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.