I recently became acquainted with the term “Legacy Ministry.” What do you suppose that is? It’s not the name of the ministry but what it is made of. A legacy ministry has been build by leadership who carry strong vision and values while being able to transmit their vision and values to others, providing stability and consistent motivation for the ministry to make gains to succeed in their established goals. That’s a mouth full, right? 🙂 Legacy ministries have purpose, provision and persistence, and people grow to expect and depend upon them to be true to their values. When it is time to pass the ministry on (because no one lives forever) the hardiness of the ministry will depend on how strongly the vision and values are shared by the incoming leaders.
We see how King David prepared to pass leadership to his son, Solomon, in 1 Chronicles, chapter 22. He explained to Solomon how it had been in his heart to build the Lord a temple, but that God intended for Solomon to build it. He provided him with pre-appointed workers, dedicated materials, and “extensive preparations” so that the temple would be so magnificent that God’s house would be famous among the other nations. Then he reminded Solomon of the importance of remaining faithful, because if we don’t uphold the Lord’s standard, the Lord will not uphold our cause. Then he blessed Solomon.
Are we building a legacy? Do we understand God’s vision and values? Are we able to transmit those vision and values to others? Are we purposeful and persistent, and do we believe God to provide the income for the outcomes He desires to accomplish?
The temple of God is no longer made of stone, but of flesh. God’s Spirit dwells in us–His people. Are we making it our life’s goal to live godly lives so that God is made famous by the extravagant love and faithfulness that others see in us?
Do we intentionally build our children’s expectations for the purpose God has given them? Do we have expectations? Do we bless them?
I am going to use David’s blessing for Solomon as a model to pray over you, and you can pray his blessing over your family and those you disciple.
May the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God–your life–as He purposed that you should. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in places of influence, and always, so that you may keep your covenant with Him. Then you will have success if you are careful to always honor Him. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. (verses 11-13)
Shalom, my friends.