In order for a business, organization, ministry, or church to continue to exist and thrive there must be a constant and continually passing of the baton. Current leaders must raise up future leaders with the mindset of someday replacing themselves.
For instance, if Moses never raised up Joshua, the children of Israel would have died off in the wilderness. If Jesus never raised up the disciples, the gospel would have never been preached to the ends of the earth.
I heard Pastor Greg Laurie say it this way when he participated in The Elephant Room: “If we don’t evangelize, we will fossilize.” In other words if we don’t raise up future leaders, our dreams, goals, and desires will die off with us. If we don’t replace ourselves, we will die off in the wilderness never reaching our promise land. If we don’t replace ourselves, we will erase ourselves.
In the Bible, God is referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is to say that God is a generational God. Which means that what He promised to Abraham, He fulfills in Jacob. And what He promised to Jacob, He fulfills in Isaac. So if we don’t raise up future generations, the promises that God has given to us will never come to flourision.
So who is it that you are raising up? Are you replacing yourself? When the time comes is there someone you can pass the baton off to?