The greatest legacy leaver of all time, Jesus, gave us a great commission to go into all the world and make disciples of every nation (Matthew 28:19). He passed that charge and that baton on to each of us. In all the hats we wear and in all the lanes we run in, we share this common purpose.
We are ambassadors of Christ; love carriers to share the good news of the greatest gift to all mankind.
One of the most impactful passages by Jesus, as he spoke of the future to come as he handed off the baton to us to continue what he started, was this word which alluded to us doing even more than he was able to do in his time on the earth. He said in John 14:12-14,
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus’ goal was for us to do greater things than he had been doing. He spoke more over us than even what we saw him do in the Bible. What a beautiful, selfless legacy to desire that those who followed would walk in more.
Two other examples of great Biblical leaders who set their successors up to walk in greater things, was Elijah and the apostle Paul. Elijah took time to groom and train us Elisha. He mentored him and allowed him to experience the fullness of his ministry while he walked in his role as prophet. He didn’t just place his cloak on Elisha and send him on his way. He groomed him. He taught him what he knew. And in the end, when Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, God honored that request. I can only imagine God granted it, because he knew Elisha’s character was developed enough and he had the experience under his belt to walk in it wisely. Paul groomed many Christians, but his last letter was written to his son in the faith, Timothy. There he poured out all he knew and all the wisdom imparted to him on his journey of following God, and Timothy continued on in his mission to carry the good news of Jesus to the Gentiles, those outside of the Jewish faith. For both of these great leaders, it was critically important to raise up leaders who would follow in their footsteps and continue their work.
Jesus, Elijah, and Paul all recognized their role in leaving a legacy. They passed the crown to those following them to continue what they began.
Let’s take a closer look at how you too are crowned for legacy:
1. Who in your life served as a Paul or Elijah and how did their influence help shape who you are today?
2. Who has God placed around you for you to raise up to do greater things?
3. How are you intentionally walking that out day to day?
For further reflection:
Take some time this week to write out a letter to someone who has influenced you. Share with them how their time invested in your helped you become the person you are today. If you feel lead, share also how you are continuing their legacy by intentionally passing on some of these same values and principles to those God has placed around you in your world.