WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY 2020
WORD FOCUS: JESUS’ IDEA FOR LEAVING LEGACY (2)
TEXT: Acts 1:7-8 “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power….”
To create a legacy, you need to be strategic and intentional. Let’s see some guides:
1) Decide ahead of time what you are willing to give up. Being a leader has a price; being a leader who gives a legacy has an even greater price. When you work to create a legacy, your life is no longer your own. That’s why it’s so important to know what you are willing to give up so that others can go up. What are you willing to give up? How much of your time? How much of your money? How many opportunities will you forgo? How many of your dreams are you willing to set aside to ensure that one or maybe two survive in the lives of others?
2) Take the initiative to start the process. If you want to create a legacy, you have to initiate the process – and there will be times when you’ll have to fight for it. Jesus’ followers had various agendas, some, like Simon the Zealot, wanted Him to lead a revolt against Rome, others like James and John wanted positions of power (Mk. 10:37). Even Peter tried to dissuade Jesus from the very act that would release the other disciples to follow in Jesus’ footsteps which includes you and I (Matthew 16:22)
3) Know your goals for each person. The process of creating a legacy relies primarily on people. It requires the selection of the right people and the right development process for each individual. Jesus carefully chose His legacy carriers. Scriptures says He intentionally picked the twelve He wanted; He didn’t take the first guys who showed up, and He didn’t treat all of them the same. He had a specific development process for each person.
4) Prepare to pass the baton well. Once you have prepared your people, you need to prepare for the transition. There’s a real art to preparing a successor, and it doesn’t always go smoothly. Jesus had trouble handing the baton to His followers. He appeared to them after His resurrection and gave them the Great Commission because some of them still didn’t get it. Peter, James and John all returned to fishing after they saw Jesus resurrected! As you prepare to hand off to a successor, do everything you can to make for a smooth transition. And even then, plan to offer additional assistance without getting in the way.
MEDITATION: John 21:15-19
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1COR 10; 2 KGS 3; AMOS 8
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