TUESDAY 21ST JULY 2020
WORD FOCUS: JESUS’ IDEA FOR LEAVING LEGACY (1)
TEXT: Matthew 28:16-20 “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them……”
Just about anybody can make an organization look good for a moment – by launching a flashy new program or product, drawing crowds to a big event, or slashing the budget to boost the bottom line, but those who leave a legacy take a different approach. They lead with tomorrow as well as today in mind. When all is said and done; your ability will be judged by how well people and your organization did after you were gone. Your lasting value will be measured by succession. Jesus faced the task of changing the lives of people thousands of years after Him – and He succeeded. He did it without writing any books, building any schools, or founding any institutions. So if Jesus chose to deposit His legacy in people, we should learn His method and practice it as best we can, remember He said greater things you shall do. Let’s consider Jesus idea for working in the lives of people.
1) INSTRUCTION: Jesus constantly taught, most often with parables. More than half of the gospels’ content presents Jesus’ teaching. The parable of the sower gives us insight into how Jesus worked, when the disciples asked Him about the meaning of the parable, He explained it, revealing insightful truth cloaked in the story.
2) DEMONSTRATION. Educational philosophy today relies too heavily on instruction, if Jesus had taught the disciples and done nothing more, they never would have carried on His legacy. But Jesus shared His life with them, Jesus’ disciples went through three phases in their training: Come and See – Jesus invited them to observe Him and His priorities, He invited them to evaluate Him (and themselves in the light of what He was doing). Come and Follow Me – Jesus asked a greater level of commitment, the disciples were to do more than observe; they were to associate with Him. Come and be with Me – This phase occupied most of Jesus’ three years of ministry. He required the disciples’ commitment and companionship. The twelve were present with Him as he taught, prayed, ate with “sinners”, healed the sick and raised the dead. They saw consistency between His teaching and His actions, and they learned the how and why of all He did.
3) EXPERIENCE. After Jesus had modelled good leadership and taught spiritual truths, He didn’t turn His men loose and move on. He gradually worked them into positions of independent leadership by giving them valuable experience. Jesus gave His followers an opportunity to practice what He had taught and to practice leadership.
4) ASSESSMENT. Jesus repeatedly evaluated the progress of His disciples. After the returned of the seventy, He debriefed them, gave them instruction concerning priorities, and celebrated with them. Jesus also gave individual assessment to His disciples, including specific feedback concerning their character and their capabilities. Today if you want to leave a legacy, you must look to people to carry it for you. Find the right people, and use the right preparation process for each of them. Only as you pour yourself into them will they be able to pour out themselves for others. No one can give what he does not have.
MEDITATION: Luke 10:17-24
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 COR 9; 2 KGS 1-2; AMOS 7
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