Day 33 Preparing For Transition
After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. As they met and ate meals together, he told them … Acts 1:2 (MSG)
The ascension will be here on Day 40, and Jesus will literally leave the scene.
Jesus was intentional about passing his mission on to his disciples, who were in turn to pass it on to others, and so on.
Nothing lasts forever in the natural world. The Jesus story affirms this. Even as the resurrected Lord, He knew He would be physically present for just 40 days.
Time is limited for all of us. If you’re a leader (take a hint: worship leaders and pastors!) begin with the end in mind.
What would be the most empowering way to transition your mantle of leadership to the one following you? You have to prepare yourself, your successor and your people.
I’ve seen and experienced both good transitions and not-so-good transitions in leadership.
The good ones are purposeful, honorable and celebratory. The bad ones are awkward, not-well-thought-out, and painful.
Sometimes they’ve been a mixture of both.Â Messy comes with the territory. Be gracious.
Jesus knew he had 33 years to walk the planet, 3 years to do ministry, and 40 days to finish the job.
He was on a deadline.
Lord, teach us to number our days.
I invite you to pray with me.
â€œLord teach me to number my days, that I may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). Help me to empower those following me. Purify my heart and the work of my hands. Â Help to pass on only what is good and noble.Â In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.â€
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