If you watched any of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, you likely saw a few swimming or track and field races. Races were won as Olympic and world records were set. At some point, an athlete can decide to take the lead in a race. Knowing when to take a lead is the goal of any race.
In our spiritual lives, God invites each of us to take a lead. Taking a lead doesn’t mean having all the answers, or always knowing the right direction to go. Taking a lead means setting an example that others can follow. Taking a lead means finding the courage to be out in front, ahead of the crowd. At times it may feel uncomfortable and you may feel unworthy, but ultimately, when you take a step of faith, God gives us the courage we need.
Our faith is founded on the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. This core tenet of our Protestant theology means that we are all equal in the sight of God. Each of us has the capacity to take a lead.
Taking a lead can happen in our families when parents take ownership of their faith and set a spiritual example for their children. Taking a lead can happen in our schools when students and staff help to create environments of encouragement and welcome. Taking a lead can happen in our workplaces, when tasks are done with excellence and teamwork becomes the way we work.
As a church, when we take a lead, I believe that we will see God’s presence and power working in our midst like never before. This Sunday we will explore the biblical story of Joshua and the Walls of Jericho and together consider a biblical image of leadership.