The greatness of a leader is not in the measure of thier platform, but in the platform that they create for others.
The success of Moses’ leadership was not only found in what he achieved throughout his life, but in the achievements of the one who followed after him.
After delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, Moses led God’s people through the wilderness for forty years and brought them right to the verge of the land that God had promised them. But it wasn’t Moses, but Joshua (Moses’ assistant) who would be the one to lead them into ultimate victory:
“[God] said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land! Instead, your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land. Encourage him, for he will lead Israel as they take possession of it.” – Deuteronomy 1:37-38 (NLT)
At this point Moses could have felt overlooked or unjustly treated by God. But instead of giving into pride and envy, Moses encouraged Joshua to go and take the land. Not only did he hand on the baton, but he provided a platform for Joshua so he could be launched from a position of strength instead of weakness.
It was Moses’ selfless leadership that gave Joshua the confidence he needed to overcome the giants and take hold of everything God had for His people.
If you have been given any influence, power or authority, rather than spending your energy protecting your platform, use it as a launch pad to propel others to go even further than you’ve gone yourself!