|Posted on November 3, 2016 at 9:20 PM|
How is it that one can muster the boldness to carry on after those who have influenced you most are no longer there? I am impressed by those who see when the mantle falls, yet do not hesistate to reach out to take hold of it.
The weight of the mantle that God gives must not be underestimated. We depend on our own strengths and abilities for the daily duties of life. But when we choose to follow Christ, we understand that "dependance" is not a dirty word. Yes, we appreciate independance as individuals and even as a nation, but a dependance on the sovereignty of the Savior of humanity helps us where we cannot help ourselves.
So I consider Joshua who in chapter one of his book was told to be of good courage. Moses, the former leader was gone, but the work was still to go forward. Also Elijah, who was raptured up to heaven, left a great example for Elisha. Both Joshua and Elisha could've packed up and went home. But the mantle rested upon them both in their generations.
This bears the question: Should we retire from the focus of being a good and faithful servant just because we no longer see the predecessors who showed us how to do what we now do? By no means! Today allow the Holy Spirit to deposit hope, purpose, and courage into the vacant pockets of your life so that you can carry the mantle. It takes audacity to do so. Critics may doubt, self might try and discourage you, but ultimately we say "Greater is He that is in you than He who is in the world."
Joshua 1 and 2 Kings 2