Once a month my husband and I attend a very unique meeting. We gather locally with eight other people from our church and we assemble around a computer screen, where we “meet” with friends from ten other churches in our Family of Churches. Sometimes we can see only the primary leader on the screen, yet we know his room is filled with people we love. These moments cause my heart to feel connected — as if we’ve gathered in a cyberspace room to discuss our purpose and destiny for the Kingdom of God.
Last week, with my eyes peering at the screen, an axiom came to mind. We say it frequently among our churches: “Success is successors.” In that moment, as I looked down the table where our group was physically gathered, and then at the screen where others were gathered, it hit me! Success was right there “behind the screens”. Young people meeting together with those older, to learn and apply the truths being taught by experienced men and women of God.
These were the successors!
Like a relay race, some are approaching the hand-off, although not quite ready to grab on fully, some are grabbing on and taking their first few steps holding the baton alone, and some are still needing to run some distance before they begin to reach for the baton. Perhaps some of them fail to see themselves as successors, however, the destiny God has set before them calls them such.
In I Chronicles 28:8, David is “passing the baton” to his son Solomon and he states, ” Be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, so that you may continue to possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance.” To me, this demonstrates the success of having successors.
Don’t we all long to have Him call us successful? To hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your rest. The joy of my rest would be, like David, to know the seeds of the Kingdom were planted, rooted and moving forward through those I will leave behind. I know this is true for all the primary leaders who are a part of this meeting.
This is at the core of our lives!