Passing the Heart of A Baton

Wayne Cordeiro

After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. They forsook the LORD ... He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist... They were in great distress" (Josh 2:10-14 selected).
Joshua and his elders died, and a new generation came into leadership that "knew not the Lord nor what He had done." They just weren't around to see the miracles and the deliverances of the Lord.
It wouldn't be long before the covenant they made with God will be breached by their disobedience. They would turn to seek other gods and would soon forsake the one and only true God. But didn't God "promise" them that their enemies would never overcome them?
But a "Promise" is different from a "Covenant."
We see that in a previous verse: "I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land that I swore to give to your forefathers. I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.' Yet you have disobeyed me."
A promise is something that will be done regardless of the other party's response or faithfulness. A covenant, on the other hand, requires two commitments to make it secure. Should one side be breached, the other will be too. It's like two people in a rowboat. If there is a hole on one side of the boat, it affects the other as well. One cannot say to the other, "I'm glad the hole isn't on my side of the boat!"
Also, I am finding that vision leaks.
Not only from one generation to another, but from one season to another. As a leader, I am finding that vision isn't like something I cook in a crock-pot, where you put it in and leave it. Vision must be constantly stressed, maintained, recast, and cast again. I am finding that with our staff, and I know it is true with every business, every family, every church.
But here is the bottom line ...
I am constantly being reminded of how important it is to teach people to feed themselves!
I can cast vision consistently, but if people are not hearing from God for themselves, they will be not just dependent on me, but the will be co-dependent on me for everything. But if I can turn them to Christ on a daily basis, then a generation can come and a generation can go, but they will never be a people who "knew not the Lord not the things He had done." Why? Because the Holy Spirit will have been teaching them on a daily basis.
Dear Father,
Thank you for your Holy Spirit who teaches me on a daily basis. Thank you for Joshua. What a great leader he was. He took over for Moses and didn't miss a step. I pray for a successor like that one day. Of course I am not planning anything soon! Nevertheless, I am praying for a Joshua. But what I will continue to do is to teach people to read the Word of God for themselves. Thank you for teaching me this discipline that has become a joy.

Wayne Cordeiro

Devotions for March 27

Judges 1,2,3
1 Corinthians 12

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