Preparing the Next Generation
Posted: Saturday, March 18
Verse of the day:
“Moses laid his hands on him and commissioned him to lead the people, just as the Lord had commanded through Moses.” (Numbers 27:23)
We don’t like to think about it, but one day, whatever job you have, title you answer to, and/or position you have in life will transfer to someone else. Another person will sit at your desk, drive your car, and live in your home. And sadly, the world will not even skip a beat when you are out of picture. Make you feel real important, right?
Knowing that one day you will be replaced, let me ask you, are you raising up and investing in your replacement? If you really love the people in your company, ministry, or workplace, don’t you think it is responsible of you to be investing in the people coming behind you?
Moses had to be disappointed. He had lead the people of God all over the desert. He had been obedient in everything. However, in one moment of losing his temper, God let him know that his leadership days were numbered. He was not going to lead the people into the promise. He was going to die.
Moses had a choice to make at that moment. He could be bitter about the future and want to make the people suffer, just as he had suffered with them for all these years. He could have set them up for a war for power. He could have ruined God’s people before they had really started. Yet, he chose instead to hear the voice of God and to publicly transfer his authority to Joshua. He allowed a peaceful transfer of power and he did it in the sight of the people so that they would have no question who was in charge when Moses was gone.
Are you investing in the generation behind you? As you read through the story of Moses in Exodus and Numbers you can see the times that Joshua was present for some of the biggest moments. Moses was training him long before he gave him his authority. Are you building up a younger person to lead your ministry, be it paid or volunteer? Do you want the work of God to live on after you or are you building a monument to your greatness? If you are, then I would suggest that your ministry has become your idol.
Take the risk to invest in the young leaders and people that God has put in your life. Raise them up to be better than you. One day they may just replace you; but isn’t that the point.