Success and Succession

There is no success without succession. It takes more than a lifetime to accomplish your dream. We are stewards of a moment. If your ideas do not survive your life, they will soon be extinct. There is no success without succession.

God called Moses to lead Israel to Canaan. Moses successor Joshua led the people to the Promised Land.

David dreamed a building God a temple. He drew the plans and gathered the materials. His son Solomon built it.

Elijah wanted to wipe out Baal worship in Israel. His mantel fell on Elisha. Elisha anointed Jehu. “Jehu wiped out Baal from Israel (2 Kings 10:28).”

Jesus wanted disciples in all nations (Matthew 28:19). He spent three years pouring His life into twelve men. Those men, with the exception of one, began a movement that has effectively circumvented the globe with the gospel.

There is not success without succession.

In order for succession to be successful two attitudes are necessary.

1) Humility – If we want to succeed we must value the ideas of our predecessors. We must approach our elders with a teachable spirit (Titus 2:1-15; I Peter 5:5)

2) Honor – We must repent of and rebuke materialism. We foster the idea that success is found in what you have instead of in who you are. Character is more important than cash. Our duty is to pass along a heritage of godliness, not goods.

Who is pouring their life into you? Who are you pouring your life into? What is the message?


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