Today, I want to look at the second of three questions we’re wise to ask ourselves if we want to lead with the heart of Jesus, and that is — are we planning for our succession? From the very beginning of His ministry, our Lord was training others to take His place. He told His disciples that they would do greater things than He did because He was going to His Father. In other words, since He knew He was leaving the earth, He invited them to step up and accomplish even more — to build on the foundation that He laid. Likewise, as we seek to lead in our modern world, we’re wise to consider how we’re equipping those who come behind us. If we’re a parent, are we raising our kids to be strong, independent people who will no longer need us when they’re grown up? Or if we’re doing a job, have we identified others within our organization whom we can empower to step into our role when we leave? You see, whether at work, at home, or in ministry, as we’re entrusted with responsibility, it’s prudent to proactively develop other leaders who will “carry the torch” when we move on.
My friend, while it’s tempting to tightly grip the power you possess in your position, resist the urge to hoard it. Pray to have open hands and a heart that’s devoted to developing successors who will lead like Jesus. Though it’s counterintuitive, invest your time and resources in training people who can take your place, and hold loosely to what you’ve been entrusted with. Your identity is found in Christ alone, and He is your source as you answer the call to equip others in every season and setting.