A Kingdom Leader is always preparing for his replacement. Before his eyes become dim and his vigor begins to slow down a strong leader has selected and prepared someone to assume his leadership.
Who is your protege? Have you spent time with that person? Is your relationship close and your communication open? Have you let that person know your desires for them? Are you teaching the skills they will need to assume your role? Are you allowing them the space to make mistakes and gracefully guide them through those difficult times?
Moses had prepared Joshua in advance. He recognized his deep faith and trust in God when they gave his report at Kadesh Barnea. Joshua and Caleb were confident in God's ability to defeat the giants of the promised land. Moses took note of those young leaders at a pivotal moment in the history of Israel.
Deuteronomy 34:9 (ESV)
9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of nthe spirit of wisdom, for oMoses had laid his hands on him. So pthe people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Have you selected and laid hands on your replacement? Each difficult moment of leadership can reveal God's person for the future. Begin investing in the heart, mind and soul of your future replacement. We pray that you have eyes to see that person.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
n Ex. 28:3; Isa. 11:2
o Num. 27:18, 23
p Josh. 1:17
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Dt 34:9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.