We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. —Anonymous
Our current understanding of inheritance in our era looks something like this: We receive our inheritance when a certain person passes away. However, let’s take a look at how inheritance was handled in ancient Jewish times. The protocol for inheritance was that when the father felt that his heir had come of age and was ready, he would give the heir the authority to help manage their wealth while he was still alive. This created a generational overlap that made it possible for the heir to learn from his father how to manage it as well as step into a momentum stretching from one generation to the next.
A common expression that we use here at Bethel is, “We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.” This chapter is going to touch on some things that will help the next generation begin to do this. One of the signs, in the years to come, that we have been successful in our pursuit of revival will be a generation that is able to take what was given to them and see it increase. We will focus on this process by showing how to “grow” powerful people.
Our goal is not to have a generation stand on the corpses of those who have gone before us. We must stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.
It’s a challenge to find past revivals and movements that had a strong emphasis on sons and daughters being raised up in such a way to help lead the revival or movement to the next generation.
Let’s be diligent in our time to change that.