If you want to be a leader â€“ you must be willing to suffer. You must be willing to be a man of sorrow. You see things others donâ€™t see. You have to deal with things others have the convenience of ignoring.
Isaiah 53:3 says that Jesus was a man despised and rejected of men â€“ a man of sorrows acquainted with grief. Most men cannot handle the sorrow of being rejected of men â€“ our desire as men is so great to be liked. To be spoken ill of; to be hated; to be despised; and all the sorrow and suffering that comes with it - these are things you must be willing to embrace if you want to serve and lead. Leaders are servants. Any other kind of leader is just a tyrant or a life coach.
This sermon was preached on November 2nd, 2017 in Indianapolis at an Operation Save America leadership gathering. The sermon covers six experiences of Joshua that prepared him to lead prior to his leading the Israelites.
The audio is poor, but completely understandable. 30 min. MercySeat.net