In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Hebrews 5:12 (NIV)
As we all run our individual races laid out before us, we are running hard towards our unique finish lines. But, while our race course may be unique, we have a common goal. That goal, to finish our race well and run towards maturity in Christ is common for all who seek to follow Christ.
We begin our race by placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. But that is just the ‘starting gun’ for the life-long pursuit of growing towards maturity in Him. As the writer of Hebrews reminds us, over time we are expected to reach a maturity in Him that allows us to teach others. The author rebukes the readers for their lack of progress, telling them that by now they should be teachers. Instead, they are still acting like infants in need of spiritual milk rather than feeding on more substantial spiritual meat.
Mature Kingdom leaders are expected to be ‘teachers’ of those who they lead – pointing others toward that same goal and maturity they are running after. It’s assumed that mature Kingdom leaders will take it upon themselves to invest in others, especially younger, next generation people.
It’s this vision of spiritual generations that must influence all Kingdom leaders. Yes, we do have a mission to accomplish as we lead. But, a key component of our leadership is to be intentionally investing in next generation future leaders who will themselves invest in others.
Successful Kingdom leaders do not just accomplish their calling and fulfill their God-given mission in advancing the Gospel and the Kingdom. They also know that it is their legacy after they lay aside their leadership for others that will be the ultimate judge as to their success or failure as a leader. Will there be others who follow our lead, who were invested in, prepared, developed and trained to assume their own individual responsibilities as Kingdom leaders?
It’s about what we leave behind, not just what we accomplish now.
It’s about legacy, not just activity!