THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2021.
THEME: TRANSFER OF POWER
PASSAGE: DEUTERONOMY 34: 9-12
MEMORY VERSE: Number 27: 18-20 “The LORD replied, Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him. Transfer your authority to him so that the whole community of Israel will obey him.”
HYMN: MHB 492 (S.M.) – I THE good fight have fought.
From the story of Elijah and Elisha, the transfer of power was not a trivial thing. Today many people crave political, religious and economic power but lack diligence. Proverbs 22:29says “Do you see a man diligent in his works; he shall stand before kings and not mean men.”
Joshua did not just assume power, His predecessor Moses, having been told by God of his end before he died, laid hands on Joshua, which is a sign of impartation. Methodist Church believes in the transfer of power (Lay and Ministerial inclusive) and to a large extent, she is healthy because she has adopted a procedure wherein she is guided by her constitution.
In 2017, the renowned Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, aged 77 then, successfully handed over the Leadership torch of his ministry to Daniel Kolenda, with the conviction that he had fulfilled the assignment given him by God. Only God knows what would have become of the Christ For All Nations, if the power was not successfully transferred before his death on 7th December, 2019.
A successful leader is not just one who makes exploits but one, who is succeeded by a good fellow. This was why Moses was given a commendation in verses 10-12. Even Jesus transferred power to His disciples. He told them to go out to the entire world and preach. The same is committed to us too. Let us not relent, so that on the last day, we can say, ‘I have fought the good fight of faith’ like Paul and Charles Wesley.
PRAYER: In all that is committed to my care, grant me the grace to be fulfilled, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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