Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the LORD instructed through Moses. Numbers 27:23
God had told Moses that he was coming to the end of his life, since he was not being allowed to enter into the land of Canaan. Moses asked God to provide someone to lead the nation of Israel. God chose Joshua to be the next leader. Moses had to take Joshua before Eleazar the priest and have him commissioned to be the next leader.
People who are in leadership position often love their position. Many believe that they are indispensable and can never be replaced. With this type of thinking, they never train anyone up for the position, nor do they accept someone else to take their spot when it is time to step down.
The reality is that no person is so important in this life that he/she is not replaceable. It may be difficult to replace a person, especially the more a person does. There are times when it may even take two or more people to replace a person, but either way they can be replaced.
When you choose to have someone replace you, you are passing on your leadership. You are allowing someone else to step up to the plate and continue what God has started with you.
Parents need to pass on their parenting skills to their children. Bosses pass on working skills to the workers. Leaders pass on the leadership skills to new leaders.
Do not allow yourself to think you are the most important person and cannot be replaced.
Seek God’s timing as to when you are to be replaced. Seek God to find out who should replace you. God can bring the right person, at the right time. Until that time comes, do all that you can do for God where He has placed you. Work until it is time for you to move on, but when it comes, let God have control and you pass on the mantel of leadership.
I pray today that God will continue to guide you in the work you do; that God will raise up another to take your place in the right time; that God will help you train others to take your place; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.