Multiplication by personal decrease
People who draw big crowds to themselves, big attention on themselves, have little influence past the loss of their fame.
People who work on empowering their followers – “Generation Zero” – to follow their dreams leave legacies and empower visions. This requires the “death” of some fame and notice of themselves, and the raising up of others. But there is still attention from their followers.
People who work on empowering their followers to empower their followers – “Generation 1” – inspire multiplication. But almost immediately they are “lost in the shadows.” By actively turning the eyes of “Generation zero” away from the catalyst and toward “Generation 1,” the Catalyst is denying him or herself any attention.
People who work on empowering their followers to empower their followers to empower their followers – who inspire Generation Zero to, like the Catalyst, actively turn eyes away from them and on those who come after – are inspiring the same kind of “dying to self” that leads to much fruit, and eventually, to movements. This is disciple-making in the pattern of Jesus at its height.
How can you inspire and challenge those who listen to you to stop listening too much to you, and to stop asking others to listen too much to them?