This might seem like a hard question or at least a bit premature.
Do we want the great things that we’ve strived so hard to achieve to stop, to shrivel up and die when we move on?
But nobody does it better…
While I’m sure that it would make us feel important and proud to think that “no one else could do it like we did”, it actually shows that we’re inept at whatever we’ve been called to do. Our highest calling is to raise up those that will come after us to continue the work that we are beginning.
No matter what level of leadership we’re on, we shouldn’t be afraid to consider that someone else might be better (or at the very least) capable of maintaining our vision.
Success without a successor …is failure.
No matter who we are and what we’ve already accomplished, we’re supposed to find someone to run the next leg of the race after us and equip them with everything we’ve learned, felt and figured out, so far.
So that they can start out better prepared than we did. If they’ve been properly stretched by us at every turn, then they’ll have a head start to immediately hit the ground running and continue on with our dream where we leave off.
Going farther than us. Faster than us, because we have helped them start beyond where we had to start. We set them up to accomplish more than we did. Not concerned about our ‘legacy’ because THEY are our legacy.
Multiply yourself – NOW!
Elijah didn’t go out and find Elisha a couple weeks before he handed his ministry over to him (2 Kings) and say, “Hey, I need someone to run Elijah Evangelistic Ministries after I’m gone. You seem talented. Are you available?.”
Elijah identified Elisha well ahead of time so that he could mold and shape him into the man of God he needed to be. Elijah wasn’t JUST preserving his personal legacy after he died. He was creating DOUBLE his legacy to live on through another.
Pass it on.
Let’s ALL seek to identify a successor and judge OUR own success on how well we prepare them to surpass us. If we do this correctly, our legacy (like Elijah’s) will live beyond our current generation in the far greater achievements of the people that we’ve poured ourselves into. Who are you mentoring to be your successor?