Beginnings And Endings

Beginnings And Endings

06 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 3-4; Psalm 36; Mark 13


23 At that same time, I begged God: 24 “God, my Master, you let me in on the beginnings, you let me see your greatness, you let me see your might—what god in Heaven or Earth can do anything like what you’ve done! 25 Please, let me in also on the endings, let me cross the river and see the good land over the Jordan, the lush hills, the Lebanon mountains.” (Deuteronomy 3:23-25 MSG)

God called Moses to begin the process of leading his people out of 400 years of slavery in Egypt and into the establishing of a free and godly nation in the land that had been promised to Abraham many generations earlier. Moses had led them through the challenging and difficult process of “coming out” of slavery. Moses had led them through the equally challenging and difficult generation-long process of becoming a people who could respond to God in faith and receive his blessings with gratitude.

As Moses reached the final days of his leadership and his life, he really wanted to see how it would all turn out. Because of his lapse at Meribah, God would not allow Moses to enter the land. Instead, Joshua would lead the people in.

We don’t always get to see the endings. If we want the results of our work to last, we must build on a solid foundation, because others may have to finish the work after we’re gone. We must train and trust and release others because we won’t always be there to explain what to do next. We must invest in people younger than ourselves so that the effect of our influence will continue. We must trust God to make sure that our labor is not in vain.

Do you want to leave a lasting legacy?
• Love those you lead.
• Lead those you love.
• Train them and trust them.
• Let go graciously.


Father, show me who and what to invest in and how to do it most effectively. Not most efficiently, most effectively. Help me to love those I lead and lead those I love. Amen.

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