My Dad promised he would spend all his money so my siblings and I would have no inheritance to fight over. It might have been better to teach us not to fight! The level of trust required for succession escaped our family, even though we were tight.
God told Moses, “Take some of the Spirit that is on you and give it to Joshua.” Succession on the money, management, or political level may perpetuate secular goals, but for Christian vision in ministry and business, succession must happen by transference of Spirit.
‘The Spirit’ He refers to is the God-given vision, call, and anointing on our spiritual family. If we can pass our vision on to a guy like Joshua, the assets of the vision will be productive for at least one more generation.
Joshua moved into Moses’ life, invited or not. In the tent of meeting or on mount Sinai, if Moses went, Joshua went too. And God said, “Put some of your Spirit on him.”
A successor must be a spiritual son, or better yet, a group of sons (that would make them spiritual brothers). Sons cost; they live in your house, eat your food, spend your money, ride on your reputation, make mistakes, and bother you anytime they want. And as they mature they begin to tell you what to do. It’s more convenient to just find a hireling with a good resume.
But fathers beget sons, after their own kind, so if you don’t have good sons it’s because being a visionary father costs more than you are willing to pay.
With sons, succession is not a plan but a process. My role changes constantly and has for 30 years. On the surface this may look like a simple succession plan but it is actually our natural, ongoing growth.
My Dad had good reason to not trust me with succession; he had groomed me since 5 years old to take over the family farm and I didn’t – I wasn’t interested. The Spirit was missing from the equation.
What would make a boy like Joshua want to follow you or me?