Standing on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before

Technology is exploding exponentially these days. It’s not that people have suddenly become smarter. We’ve probably become dumber! It’s that technology leap-frogs off the back of each new breakthrough. The innovator today stands on the shoulders of those who went before and who paved the way. He inherits a legacy on which to build on.

Similarly, it was always God’s intention for His Church, from the start, that each new generation would stand on the shoulders of the one which went before. In fact, that’s the whole premise of NT leadership: that the elders bear the younger on their shoulders, so that the younger end up going further than their elders did, for they have the benefit of standing on their shoulders.

But this isn’t happening, by and large.

2 Responses to “Standing on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before”

  1. fleebabylon Says:

    Have you ever seen a corporate pyramid, with the president/ceo on top, then middle management, then manual labor on bottom… that is what the professing church looks like today, with senior pastor on top, then other elders, then laity, what Jesus warned against. It should be the other way, upside down. The elders on bottom building up the Church. I know these elders are out there in various fellowships but they are few and far between.

    Still even among true believers I think it takes a lot of breaking to get a man to a position where he lives to build up the other members even at the great cost that is often involved in giving your life away to that extent. There are deep dealings of God to get a man to where like Paul he can effectively suffers all things for the sake of the elect.

    2Timothy 2 “Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. “

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Amen, brother. A true and convicting word.

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