As human beings we all have a finite amount of time ahead of us to accomplish all that God has called us to do in our lifetime. Sometimes we find that we cannot ‘finish’ everything that we start by ourselves. We may need to hand it over to the next generation (could be our own children or our co-workers, or Kingdom partners given to us by God)
When you stay connected with God & walk with Him, God will help you and you will be able to complete MOST of the tasks in your own lifetime, but there might be some tasks that go beyond your lifetime. Not all, but some.
Even in your workplace & business, you may find yourself starting something so big that you may not be able to complete it in your lifetime. And that is ok. It is important to start big things that will impact the world and transform the society. Someone needs to start them. And you may have to handover the responsibility of finishing it to someone else, which is perfectly ok, as long as you do your part in ‘preparing’ for it and enabling your successor to ‘finish’ it.
In The Bible, we look at a similar circumstance in David’s life.
David is a person who loves God with all his heart. He lived a life of convergence where God was totally permeating every area of his life. God was on the top of his mind (most of the time). We find him thinking of God in some of the most crucial junctures of his life, in both good and bad times.
In 1 Chronicles 17:1 we read how David moves into an awesome palace after his great conquest of various lands. And instead of just enjoying the luxury and relaxing, he starts thinking about God. He says,
“See now I dwell in a house of Cedar, but the ark of the covenent of the Lord is under tent curtains”
He wants to build a temple for the Lord. And he wants to build it BIG!
But God conveys through the prophet that David will NOT be the one who is assigned that responsibility (verse 4). That job description is reserved and has been delegated to his son Solomon (verse 11). So now David starts to do Succession Planning.
Succession Planning Like A King:
I want to bring to your attention a verse from 1 Chronicles 22:5
Now David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.” So David made abundant preparations before his death.
We could learn a few things from King David’s succession planning.
1. Understand Your Successor:
King David knew that Solomon was still young and inexperienced. He assessed the situation well before acting on it. And seeign that the vision was too big, he took it on himseld to prepare things for his young successor.
Who is your successor? Have you understood his/her strengths or weaknesses? How should you prepare to help your successor finish the task?
2. Prepare All You Can To Help The Successor:
Instead of saying, “Anyway that is not my job, let Solomon grow up and deal with it”, as a good father, he starts ‘preparing’ things for the temple so that his successor will be able to ‘finish’ the task ahead of him.
In your life, think about what you are planning to handover to your successor in your business or workplace. Have you prepared everything you can?
3. Have A Big Vision:
Even though David was not going to complete the building, he had a ‘vision’. A Big Vision!
Note how he says,
“the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countriest”.
Do you have an uncompromisingly great vision for your successor? The bigger your vision, the better it will guide the person who comes after you. And the end result will be truly magnificient.
4. Prepare Abundantly:
The Bible says King David made ‘abundant preparations’ for the temple. He was not trying to be economical, but he was doing things in Kingdom Standard!
When God calls you to do great things, build something good for him, build a good business, a good career, one that will impact the soceity in a postive way. We need to have ‘Big Dreams’ and prepare in ‘Abundance’.
And it need not be just preparing the money or provisions, but it could be preparing a team, the vision, legacy, connections, processes, intellectual property or spiritual inheritance. Whatever it is that you are leaving behind for your successor, prepare for it in abundance.
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Have a blessed day at work!