Leaving a Legacy
What is a legacy? I’m sure that the question has popped into many minds after reading that this blog was to be a legacy project for our community of believers. Before I can explain what this project is, what will be happening with it, and why it came to exist, I first have to define what a legacy is.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “legacy” is defined as “a gift by will, especially of money or other personal property” or “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.” Now a legacy can be spiritual or material. My hope is that this blog, website, network, and every ministry in the network would leave and receive spiritual and material legacies.
Some of you may be asking why this is so important. My first inclination is to tell you that our Father in heaven has left us so many legacies and footsteps to follow. Obviously none greater than that of His only Begotten Son, Jesus the Christ. Following in Jesus’ legacy is of utmost importance in the life of a Christian. He left a legacy of healing, signs, wonders, miracles, and holiness. If it’s good and godly, Jesus established it and gave it as a gift for us to walk in. I think that I could probably sit here and type the rest of my life away to explain the legacy Jesus left us, but alas, I do not have time for it. In fact, I’d like to leave this blog with something practical and testimonial.
When I was much younger than I am now, I met a man at Bible College by the name of Dwayne Clemmons. Dwayne was a prophet of the Lord in more ways than I can mention in this brief blog. He was an amazing man that fought through many hardships, tests, and trials in order to be able to finish his race well. After a few conversations he took me under his wing. He invited me to every event he was ministering at. Eventually he even asked me to minister! I was thrilled and terrified all at the same time.
I can remember it like it was yesterday. He had taken me to a barber shop, on a Monday night, late in October I believe. It was a men’s ministry unlike anything I had ever seen before. Each man present was given 5 to 10 minutes to give a mini sermon, and then after everyone was finished Dwayne would stand up, go to the front, present what the Lord laid on his heart, and then summarize the night so that no one missed the message the Lord was trying to send. It was powerful! It was in these meetings that I really began to see what decently and in order looked like because nothing fell out of place. The Lord was building a legacy here. From the first speaker to the last, the Holy Ghost would give Himself to us.
It was here, in the middle of a barber shop on a Monday night, that I realized that Christianity is all about passing the baton to the next one God anoints. God is not a respecter of persons. It was after one of these meetings that I asked Dwayne to be my spiritual father and mentor me. I couldn’t remember the last time that I had felt so encouraged. I couldn’t remember the last time that I felt like anyone but the Lord believed in me. But I could see the love of Christ pouring out of this man. I knew that he had something that I needed.
Later I found out that Dwayne, and his wife Linda, had a newsletter that he would send out every month. It was called The Progressive Walk. He asked me to write for it several times over the years and it was always a privilege. That newsletter is what this blog is named after. Dwayne died a few years ago, but he left me with something that I can never lose. He left me with opportunities to grow. He left me with a hunger to encourage other people into their gifts and their callings. He left me with this idea that unless we empower, encourage, and help those coming after us engage in ministry, they may never become exactly who God wants them to be. Because of Dwayne and the impact he made in my life, I had someone to believe in me, I had someone give me a shot, and I had someone pushing me to become a better son and minister.
This is a legacy project for all those in the Identity Network. My heart is to have a ministry that empowers others. My hope is to have this be a place where other people are able to share what the Lord has placed on their hearts. My hope is that this blog will be an inheritance to those ministers that will come after me so that the Progressive Walk that Dwayne and Linda started will continue on. I also hope that its an inheritance in the sense that those reading will receive what is said and give it to those who need it because the legacy of Jesus isn’t confined to one ministry or denomination; it lives within us all.
I’ll end it with this: I would not be the man of God I am today without Dwayne Clemmons believing in me and giving me the gift of himself in every area he could. I hope you can see that we all need each other. The mature need to be pouring into those younger in the faith and giving them chances to stand on their own two feet. This is an ever continuing process that progresses spiritual legacies. This a basis for community and discipleship. This is what we are going after with this blog. There will be other people writing this besides me including my own spiritual children, my colleagues, and even my wife.
Here is to more blog posts, long legacies, and inheritances that get those coming after us excited,