Not that you need reminded, but there are enough leadership lessons in Numbers 11-20 to choke John Maxwell.

Numbers 11:26-29 / the message version

Meanwhile, two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed int he camp. They were listed as leaders but didn't leave the camp to go to the Tent. Still the Spirit rested on them and they prophesied in the camp.

A young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!"

Joshua, son of Nun, who had been Moses' right hand man since his youth, said "Moses, master! Stop them!"

But Moses said "are you jealous for me? Would that all God's people were prophets. Would that God would put his Spirit on all of them!"

It's not really clear why Eldad and Medad were not with the sixty eight or so other leaders and Moses where they had been called to meet...perhaps they were at the library or on the back nine somewhere. They wouldn't be the first couple of guys to neglect their higher calling in favor of that green labrynth of evil...ouch.

What struck me this morning was that they couldn't escape their calling. God was moving on the entire leadership team...they were all prophesying. When it happens to the group, the Bible mentions that this is a one-time event...this was big. God was so intent on using these two guys that His Spirit sought them out and drew them into a very out of the box experience with Him.

The true call to leadership is not about usurping position from another...it's about receiving a mantle. To the human eye, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to how God does it. The most unlikely folks get tapped to lead. Nevertheless...those He chooses, He chooses...and they're marked for the ride of a lifetime.

If you find yourself burning to prophesy in the most unlikely places, consider that maybe you're supposed to be out at the Tent of Meeting. Don't fight the call. Lead on.

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