As I ponder meeting with all the leaders of Oasis and other civic and church leaders in the area this upcoming Sunday night at “Invigorate”, I have been studying more and more in the book of Numbers. Yes, Numbers. I will primarily be speaking from Numbers 12 Sunday night as I have been studying more and more about Moses and his leadership.
Many times I believe we think we are irreplaceable as leaders. Check out the following text from Numbers 20:12…
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
Everyone is replaceable.
A lot of times we try to motivate people to embrace their calling by saying that if you don’t ______, no one else can. You’re the person God has appointed to do this, and no one else can do it.
It sounds good. Very motivating.
But it simply isn’t true.
To the Israelites, it probably seemed like Moses was the only one who could lead them into the Promised Land. But he wasn’t. And so when he wasn’t willing to trust God enough to do what he had been commanded to do, the responsibility and privilege was handed over to someone else.
There’s a scary truth that we all must accept:
Like Moses, you and I ARE replaceable.
Do we really think that if we don’t use our profession as our pulpit, God won’t raise someone else up to do it?
Do we really think God can’t raise up another church to have the impact He wants ours to have if we don’t do what He’s calling us to do?
Do we really think God’s purpose depends solely on us?
God is not hamstrung by our disobedience. Or by our unwillingness to join in on what He wants to do in this world. In God’s economy, He values His purpose over the personality He uses to accomplish it. If you won’t do what God is calling you to do, He will simply find somebody else to do it.
Don’t get me wrong, God doesn’t just replace us on a whim or at the first sign of resistance on our part. He chases and pursues us. He is more patient than we can possibly imagine.
But the Creator of the Universe’s purpose is greater than any one person.
You are a part of the plan. But you are not THE plan.
You’re special. Valuable. You’re one of a kind.
But you’re not irreplaceable.
This isn’t easy to accept, but it’s absolutely essential that we do it. It communicates urgency to us. Not in the sense that God is urgent for us to do something for Him. But urgency in the sense that the window of our opportunity to do something with God isn’t open indefinitely. It has to be seized now.
Believe it or not, there are countless people in this world who would do anything to take your spot in how God wants to use you. Don’t give them the opportunity. Whatever God is calling you to do, do it. And do it now.