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Children of the Vision
"Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings..." 1Chr 28:11


I remember a conversation I had many years ago with Steve Edwards from Chapeltown Community Church in Leeds, UK. We were discussing the development of "Sons of Light" , the R&B band that I was a member of "back in the day".

Steve commented that historically speaking, the Church has been terrible at succession planning. We tend to become so preoccupied with what God is doing in our own generation or ministry that we fail to invest in the next generation. How many moves of God have simply disappeared or died out quickly after the initial growth? Steve's challenge stayed with me and I began to use my time with the band in preparing them for a future which might not include me! Although I didn't realise it at the time, I was about to start a process of succession planning.

So how do we make efforts to pass on what God is doing to the next generation?

I believe the answer is in finding and adopting “children of the vision”. I first heard this phrase being used when I was talking with Paulo Jr in 2008 and it has been in my mind ever since.
Whenever we start a project or enterprise for God, we should immediately start looking for those who can carry it forward when we are gone. We may be gone sooner than we expect! We find it hard to conceive that we might not wake up in the morning or that our mortal life could be over in a matter of minutes, so we often fail to invest in today.

King David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Lord, but was unable to do it, so he put a wonderful succession plan into place with his son Solomon. David had the advantage of knowing that he was living his last days and he planned accordingly.

Our challenge is just the same: to invest in children of the vision so that if we are gone - the vision does not die with us.

Do you have a vision? Do you have some “good work” or a project which God has called you to start, or which you are already doing?
Ask yourself this question: “Who is the child of my vision?” – who will continue your work when you are gone?
If you can’t answer those questions then maybe its time for you to have children!

Have a blessed day,
Aaron Scollen

Further Study: 1Chronicles 28
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- No module in June!


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