Beyond the usual wear-and-tear of messy ministry, we have to also factor in the inevitable loss of “heroes.” Even those who have significantly influenced us will eventually let us down somehow or other. And whether we like it or not, we will let others down along the way as well.
Oswald Chambers says that heroes have to go precisely because the Lordship of Christ sweeps away all tendencies to make secondary things primary. Heroes must be abandoned on the way to renunciation to Christ.
This is not the elimination of mentors and other influential people; it is simply putting them in their place—understanding that they are means, not ends. They are “windows” through whom we have been enabled to better see Christ.
The Bible says we are to “remember our leaders” (Hebrews 13:7), not worship them or try to ask them to deliver more than they can. I don’t care whether it’s an ancient or modern influencer. All the saints have “clay feet,” and so do we.