Business vs. Ministry: Legacy


Steve Jobs passed away recently. Apparently what he left behind is the most valuable company in the world. I'm thankful for his impact. I love my iPhone. I love my Mac. And my Apple stock is the only thing on which I haven't lost money in the last 6 years. His legacy is his products. His legacy is the company. And his legacy is his fame. He will forever be known as one of the boldest, craziest, most driven leaders in history. He basically invented the personal computer, and then what will probably be the future (or demise) of the PC — the tablet.

But what should the legacy be of one who is in ministry? I'd argue that what we'd love to leave behind is one or two Timothys. Maybe a Titus. Our ministry may have minimal impact (in contrast to Apple), but would still have been of outrageous success if it produced one man who would seriously carry the torch for Christ. If we can be even a small part of raising up someone who will dramatically impact the Kingdom, it is a huge deal.

The thing which makes these two different from one another is who recognizes the legacy. For the businessman, he needs the world to recognize him. For the minister, if no one in the world ever knows his name or his impact, that is no big deal, as long as Christ knows what he's done.

The minister lives to glorify his Savior in eternity. The businessman live to be glorified themselves, preferrably before they die.

The legacy the businessman seeks is tangible. A product or an impact that can be seen and felt, and most importantly, recognized my man.
The legacy the minister seeks may not be tangible. It is a person or an impact that will be recognized by his Savior.