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Half Done

Half Done

29 June 2009

Scripture:

I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. (Titus 1:5 NLT)

Paul was nearing the end of an incredibly effective ministry. He was now thinking more about training than traveling, more about developing than doing. He wrote letters of transfer of the task to his sons in the faith, Timothy and Titus. Paul’s words to Titus: “I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions.” (Titus 1:5 The Message)

God sent Jean and me to London in 1992 to start East London Bible Training Centre. When we left the UK eight years, two schools, and hundreds of students later, we left the work half-done. First John and Carol Glenham then Mike and Yvonne Tobin and their teams have continued the work of ELBTC, completing the work we left half-done.

On our most recent visit to London, on a night that Jean was teaching at ELBTC I was meeting with the leadership team of Leytonstone Elim Church, our church home during the eight years we lived in London. We were meeting to discuss their strategy for Mervyn Tilley’s handing over the lead pastor role to his successor over a period of about three years. Mervyn’s vision for Leytonstone Elim is a work half-done and in order to complete that work, a strategic transfer of vision and leadership must take place.

I’ve been thinking about the generational hand-over of the task of reaching the lost and discipling believers. Unless we’re leaving the task half-done, perhaps our concept of the task is too small. Unless we have someone to whom we hand over the uncompleted part of the task, we aren’t reproducing in the next generation what God has birthed in us. Just a thought.

Prayer:

Father, keep my vision big enough and bright enough that there will always be part of it that is half-done. And keep me living in relationship with the next generation so that there will be someone to whom I can hand over – pass on – the things you have taught me.

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