Just as we read that Moses left a legacy through Joshua...we can also see examples of what happens when we do not pour into others and do not plan for 'the next generation'.
Joshua was a bold and strong leader. He did lead Israel into the Promised Land. He was a man called by God for that job. However, he did not lead others to fill his role when he was gone. He would have a strong legacy of what he did but things would crumble soon after he passed away.
Judges Chapter 2 records these facts: Joshua dies and Israel stops following God. They followed the gods of their neighbors instead.
Maybe you have seen this happen as well. You pour your energy into 'doing something well' and you accomplish the goal. Yet, as soon as you stop 'doing it' it falls to pieces. Could it be that a good legacy is not only about 'doing something well' but also about training others to do it well and training others 'why it's important to do it well'. The illustration applies that we can either 'give a man a fish' or we can 'teach a man to fish'. The Christian life isn't caught by osmosis. We must instill the passions of the gospel by modeling and training others to follow Christ so that when we are no longer around they do not stop because they cannot see us do it.
At the end of the book of Judges we read:
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. (Judges 21:25 NLT)
In Proverbs we read:
When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. (Proverbs 29:18 NLT)
Humans do what comes naturally. It is natural to do what we have been trained to do especially if we have been trained why it is important/best/needed. Let's be a people who:
1. Live out an example of doing life well.
2. Lead others to do life well.
3. Teach others why doing things in 'The Way of Jesus' is right/good/etc.
Have a great day today!