All good teachers have to be mean sometimes…
Looking back, I now really appreciate the teachers who gave me a hard time and pushed me to be more, but at the time, it just seemed like they were being mean. Mr. Henderson was one of those great teachers. You’ve probably heard me talk about him before. He passed a little over a year ago. He was a pain in my butt that helped me become the man I am today. Mr. Henderson had a passion for answering the “why?” questions in life. He’d never let me get away with the easy answer. He always frustrated me, because he measured my success by my potential, not how I compared to everyone else. He saw something in me, and he wasn’t going to let me get away with anything less. He poured into me because he saw me as a worthy investment. Now, that might make you think he thought I was something special, and he did. But he saw all of his students that way. He saw it as his goal to pass on what he had learned so that we could have a greater impact in our world of influence. Mr. Henderson was building a legacy. It was so interesting when I saw on Facebook that he had died. All of the kids I went to school with were posting how much Mr. Henderson meant to them and how he had changed their lives. Much of my curiosity and “nerdiness” was fostered by Mr. Henderson in my adolescent years. I am incredibly grateful for his passion to prepare the next generation to take his place. He knew he wouldn’t live on this earth forever, so he decided to plant a bit of himself in each of his students and now he lives on through us!
This perspective is so incredibly core to what it means to be followers of Jesus. There is no way any one of us could reach this entire community in a meaningful way with the love of Jesus. And even if you somehow could reach this entire community and were able to your whole life, what happens when you die? Who carries on the mission? The mission is too important for any one of us to hold by ourselves. People- eternal souls are at stake, and the very best way to make sure every person Experiences the Love of Jesus, Finds Life-Giving Relationships and Pursues Their God-Given Purpose is to Pass It On To Move It On. We Value Succession.
The mission is straightforward:
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20.
In and of itself, making disciples is Passing It On. The “To Move It On” part comes in when we recognize that to keep it moving on we have to equip people to do what we do. Not only does it propel what we are doing into the future when we are not around, but it releases more followers of Jesus into this community creating A Place For Everyone. God’s mission for His church is way too big for any one of us, any three of us, or any hundred of us. God’s mission is for each and all of us to Pass It On To Move It On.