Read: 1 Kings 1-2
Marked: 1 Kings 1:5, Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
Another one of David’s sons decided he would be a better king than the aged David. Perhaps, one reason was that David hadn’t yet made his intentions clear as to which of his sons would succeed him.
Part of the problem with ministry is that either people don’t engage, or those that do remain in leadership longer than they should. This is not to suggest that we ever retire from ministry.
However, are we actively seeking to raise up and train those who will succeed us? Many fruitful ministries die or break apart once the founder passes into glory.
It takes years to make disciples and more years to train them to continue the work that has been started. Leaders would do well to begin looking for and training others to pass the baton to once they’ve run their leg of the race.