Success is not a success without a successor.”
– Dr. Myles Munroe

One of the most common mistakes in life is that people are usually unable to prepare for the unexpected. Insurance companies were established for us to prepare for our life, in sickness or even death. In the same way, people commit the same failure in preparing the next generation. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.

In the last chapter of Deuteronomy, there is a story of one man named Moses to fully prepare the completion of the vision that God has given through his leadership. Moses may not be able to bring the people to their promised land but he made sure that they will reach that by setting a legacy. Death is inevitable and so as we must prepare to face it. The question is, how are we supposed to lead having in mind leaving a legacy? What happens after a death of a leader? How can we become a remarkable leader that is worth following?

The Leader should set a Standard

Deuteronomy 34:7 says, “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.” He died out of old age but he kept serving the Lord till his death. He may have failed several times, but in fulfilling the mission God has given him he remained faithful. There were times he wanted to quit but he persevered till the end of his life. Leaders are not quitters. They fight till the end. Giving a standard of not quitting sets an example for the next generation of leaders that leaves a legacy.

The Leader makes a Significant impact

In the following verse, it says that “the people wept.” People were sad. Moses was a great leader. When we die, we project sometimes how many people would mourn or rejoice in our necrological service or burial. Yes, we want to be remembered. We want to leave the good, fun memories we spend with our people. Leaders makes a significant impact to the lives of people. The relationships we established and as well as the companions we’ve made in our life journey. Are we spending time with the people whom God asked us to lead?

The Leader begets a successor

Yes. Businessmen already have in mind that their children would inherit their business and continue on their legacy. In verse 9 it says, “And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.”

Moses made sure that Joshua, one of the courageous spies, has taken the lead. Whom the Spirit of God dwells richly. The Apostle Paul had him Timothy. Jesus had his twelve disciples. How about us? Are we thinking who will take the lead in our absence or when we leave? We should groom our next leader. The next generation.

Leaders should always begin with the end in mind. Learning how to visualize the ending before we begin helps us to find a different perspective about life. We should be like Jesus that said, “unless a kernel of wheat dies, and falls to the ground, it will bear much fruit.”

The legacy that leaders will be leaving is much more important than their beginning. Make your life count. Living for Jesus is the best way to live. Dying for Jesus is the best way we could spend our life with.


Writer’s Bio:  Darwin B. Cruz is a servant of Christ. Passionate Preacher. Disciple Maker. Loves to write. Tech savy guy. Consistently integrating biblical values into Mathematics Education.