“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 (ESV)
As I reflect on the loss we experience in life, I’m interested in the generational loss. If the Lord had taken me, or still wills it sooner than later, there will be an unavoidable void. It cannot be overlooked. Yet, I praise the Lord that He will provide.
With all the activity happening in our community and around the world, I’m seeking to engage where it matters. I’m passionate about it all, but can’t let myself jump into every issue. I will fail, and get distracted. Forgive me.
I DO however, really want to engage the issues that matter. Those issues that have eternal impact. My filters must depend on the Holy Spirit for that to happen. It’s only then that I believe I can fulfill my role right now.
“Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” Galatians 6:6 (ESV)
You see, as the mature veterans in our communities move on, some retiring away, but most passing on from this life, we’re faced with the reality that they create a void. We miss them. We need them.
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” James 3:1 (ESV)
We could choose to turn into ourselves, become depressed, and make it about “me”. That is failure. That is selfish. Yet the maturing, those aware of the void, and aware of the need, will embrace the truth that those voids are meant to be filled! They’re meant to be filled by us! We grow into those roles, to care for the next generation. It’s our responsibility to let the Lord mature us into that new generation of elders.
“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-4 (ESV)