Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 31, 2011
“When Joshua was old and well advanced in years, the Lord said to him, ‘You are very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.’” Joshua 13:1
This makes sense. You have planted, others have watered and the next stage of vision development is God’s great increase. His Kingdom economy is poised for a major expansion, and you get to facilitate this portion of His vision. It may be the training of leaders, the writing of books, the deployment of funding or the mentoring of men and women.
Do not let your “winding down” let down the vision of God. You are uniquely positioned for this stage of life: to prepare for the expansion of God’s vision. Your influence is compounding, not waning. Now is the time to become laser beam focused by pouring into a few leaders with your time and resources. Select faithful friends who are aligned with your same God-sized vision. Place on them the mantel of your mentorship, and free them to move forward in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The world puts out to pasture the aged. However, followers of Christ lift up and honor the wise, worn and weary warriors of the faith. Partner with a protégé who can prolong the passion of your life. This is God’s plan. He does not waste a lifetime of faithfulness. On the contrary, a faithful life is fertile soil in which to launch an even greater vision on behalf of the Kingdom. Your greatest influence is yet to come. Indeed, the faithful dead sometimes speak louder than when they were alive.
So, pray for God to raise up a faithful few who in turn will train others. Look for men and women who have a track record of obedience to God and a hunger for Him. Your life is an epistle. Open it fully and without reserve, so that these eager and energized hearts can read it with great humility and learning. Your failures could become their greatest ally, as they learn from your mistakes. They will commit their own “crimes” of Christ-less living, but hopefully not yours.
Moreover, there is a word for the passionate protégés. Honor your maturing mentor with time and teachability. Your way may not be the best way. Listen intently to what God is saying through His faithful servant. You may be limiting God’s vision. Do not undersell the Spirit of God. His heart is the world. He is the God of the nations. God’s vision is global. Think in terms of international implications. This is the make up of heaven. It is a multicultural mantra and mandate that He has for you.
There is an expanded and God-sized vision that needs to lead and motivate you. Stay broken and prayerful before your heavenly Father, and He will entrust this to you. Hold everything with an open hand. It is imperative that you learn much now, so that you can lead most effectively later. Pour the footings of His vision’s foundation deep and wide. Then experience God, as He builds His expanded vision. A God-sized vision is the fruit of multiple lifetimes. It is multigenerational. His vision is an eternal expansion. Therefore, do your part with excellence and trust Him with the heavenly results of His part!
Taken from Dose 62 in the 90-day devotional book Infusion.
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