“During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.” 2 Samuel 18:18 NIV
Absolom had no sons, so he builds a monument to himself – thinking I have no son to carry on the memory of my name. I want people to remember me.
Absolum was the son that took the kingdom from his father and then dies at the hand of Joan and is harried in a pit covered with rocks. Legacy is all about who you Fathr. There are people in ministry that do not have a son to sow into, a son to carry on the ministry or a son to follow in their footsteps. We must be vigiallant about fathering sons that can not simply carry on our legacy, but carry ministry. Legacy is about multiplication…we need to multiply and invest ourselves in who’s next.
Lord help me to recognize my sons in the ministry and help me to invest in them so they can carry the mantle of ministry. Legacy is not what I do it’s what I choose to invest in.
Are are we mishandling the presence of God in our weekend expericnces?
“But do this to them, that they may live and not die, when they approach the most holy things. Aaron and his sons will go in, and appoint each one to his service and to his burden. But they will not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.”
Numbers 4:19-20 MEV
The presence of God was not handled carelessly. Whenever they were to love the tabernacle, they were given direction as to how to handle the holy things. They were to cover the holy articles and then the Kohathites were to not go in and see it uncovered, but rather wait until the priests set it up to be carried. Aaron’s sons would handle the holy things and then they would come in and carry it. The priests were to handle it and the people were to carry it out.
How often do we mishandle the presence of God? Or better yet, we get so comfortable with Gods presence that we don’t take greater care at handling it, or putting his presence at the center so the people can carry it out of the service. So many times we are concerned with them carrying an announcement out, or carrying a program out, or even carrying out our message. Why not take greater care or intentionality in helping the people carry the presence of God out. Make Jesus the center of it all. If a few people died because they mishandled the presence of God, then we would take greater care of the transfer. The truth is…people are dying. They are leaving our service not with life, but rather death…they are carrying out things and not the presence!
Lord help us to carry your presence and as a leader, help us to set up our own experi need that when people walk out, they walk out carrying the presence of God. Help us to make Jesus the center of all we do!