After we are gone, what you want others to remember you for? Do you want to be remembered like the American steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie who founded the Carnegie Mellon University. How about Armour Institute Of Technology, which was founded by Philip D. Armour who faithfully answered the call of God through Pastor Dr Frank W. Gunsaulus. Although both of them are now with God, but future generations will forever remember them for their deeds. 4 factors are required to leave a lasting Godly legacy for future generations to come I.e. Partnership, Stewardship, Discipleship and Relationship. We all live in this world for a brief few decades, what we do or not do in these few tens of years will hopefully create a lasting legacy that we leave behind after we are gone.
When it comes to partnering with Christ to catch fishes of men, it is only 1 choice and never 2 options. For the case of Simon, James and John who were fishermen in the below scriptures. When they decided to join Jesus Christ in His ministry, they had to leave their nets and abandone their boats by the request of the Lord. Luke: 5. 10. and so were also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. As partners we need unity in order to do great works as two are in unity, they can sent 10,000 enemies to flight.
To be a good steward of Christ when we are given little or a lot of finance and resources to take care of. Good stewardship of God’s possession is about managing what we are entrusted with a pure hearts and clean hands. What is considered as righteous and clean in managing your entrusted accounts can be seen in the repentance of the unrighteous steward in Luke: 16. 1. And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods. 2. And he called him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward. 3. And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, seeing that my lord taketh away the stewardship from me? I have not strength to dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 5. And calling to him each one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 6. And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bond, and sit down quickly and write fifty. 7. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. He saith unto him, Take thy bond, and write fourscore. 8. And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light.
Discipleship is about the sheep following your Shepard and trusting in His directions and advice. If the sheep refuses to follow the Shepard, it might go astray and get lost to the wilderness and worse end up as some beast’s dinner.
Luke: 19.28. Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29. It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30. saying, “Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it. 31. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say to him: ‘The Lord needs it.'” 32. Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them. 33. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34. They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35. They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them. 36. As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way. 37. As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen. In obeying God along our journey, we might not get what we want but unexpectedly get things which God wants. In the end, we will still feel good and blessed to see God working through us. Many followers of Christ gave all they had to build the Christ house of God and might not get what they wanted but they left behind a Godly legacy for others to see and follow. As God is the Alpha and the Omega and the author of our lives, perhaps that is what God wants for us, which is to praise Him and leave behind a Godly legacy.
To create a strong relationship with someone like husband as and wife requires mutual understanding and tolerance, doing things together, sharing of happiness, pleasures, worries and sorrows together, pursuing common aspirations as a family.Likewise, we also frequently hear long time couples sharing about how their spouse supported them, nursing them when they are down, becoming their venture partner, ideas bouncing board and soul mate. The formula to a strong relationship is fundamentally
Partnership + Discipleship = Relationship
Similarly, a neighbor is defined by what we do with them and perceive them to be and it works both ways. If we treat our neighbors badly, they might not perceive us as good neighbors, therefore not treating us well. The same principles applies, to make good neighbors we need to partner and diciple them in our daily lives.