03/13/19 Successors

READING: Numbers 27-29, Mark 12:28-44

I cannot imagine following a God-called leader. Moses didn’t make it to the Promised Land (due to his sin), but he knew the people needed a leader when he was no longer alive. He sought God for guidance, and the Lord directed him to Joshua: “The Lord replied to Moses, ‘Take Joshua son of Nun, a man who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him’” (Num. 27:18).

Joshua was the man for the hour. He had served Moses for years, but it was now his time to lead the people. Moses had wisely asked God to raise up the next leader—“So Moses appealed to the Lord, May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all,appoint a man over the community who will go out before them and come back in before them, and who will bring them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s community won’t be like sheep without a shepherd’” (Num. 27:16-17).

All of us would be wise to seek, enlist, and train somebody else to do whatever tasks we do in our churches. If the ministries we lead die soon after we leave, we didn’t lead well in the first place.  

PRAYER: “Lord, guide me to someone to train to replace me. Help me to be okay with this direction.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Numbers 30-31, Mark 13:1-27