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Dying Empty: The Most Important Legacy of Myles Munroe

Dr.-Myles-MunroeEnough talking about the accident
Since the premature death of Dr. Munroe, I’ve been writing articles circling around his death. Part of the reason is that I was shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of my virtual mentor. Now, I see that I’ve talked too much about this tragic accident. This is time now to move on.

The most important thing that, I’ve decided, should preoccupy me and any one who admires Myles Munroe should be his legacy, and how can we learn from this extraordinary man of God, and continue his legacy to the next generation. In this regard, I’d like to share with you in this article one of the most important legacies of Myles Munroe. That is, DYING EMPTY.

Myles had finished his race before he dead
When you closely study what he had done prior to that accident, Myles had already finished his race. He lived out his purpose to the full. That is why I’ve been insisting that his death isn’t tragic, though the accident itself was tragic.

For that matter, one of the signature statements of Dr. Munroe, while he was alive, was: “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose — life with the wrong priorities.” Myles knew his purpose, pursued it, made it his top priority, and finally fulfilled his purpose. He said that his purpose in life is to transform followers into leaders, and leaders into change agents.

This noble mission of Dr. Munroe has long been fulfilled. He wrote dozens of best selling books read by millions; travelled and consulted national, corporate, and church leaders around the world; and raised great leaders and change agents in the Bahamas and beyond.

Robbed the grave
Please note that though he has done so many things successfully, the most important single legacy that I want to emphasis here is- he died empty. He released and maximized his potential, raised others, poured out himself like an offering, and finally passed the baton to the next generation. For this extra ordinary accomplishment, my hat off to him!

In short, Dr. Munroe embodies dying empty. A gifted communicator, prolific author, and thought leader, he served selflessly. He served his community, country, and the world at large with his gift. Myles pursued his passion whole-heartedly, emptied himself, and finally ‘robbed the grave’. What a legacy!

What is the most important lesson we should learn from his life and legacy? Living each day with a sense of urgency.
As you can see, life is too short. You and I will FINALLY transition from this world to the next. It will happen; the only question is when? We don’t have control about when our lease expires. There will come a time we must switch our existence from this world into eternity leaving this physical world belted with time and space behind. I cannot wait for this day. Heaven and eternity is real to me. There is nothing in this world that attracts me more than it. I only want to live one more day here on this planet to know Him more, pursue the assignment He gave me, and to get fulfilled. Money, fame, or any other earthily thing cannot preoccupy and distract me. All of those things we consider great in this physical world are nothing compared to the spiritual and eternal world, and a life that we will spend with the King. I cannot wait…What about you?

But we cannot decide when He is going to call us. Of course, a few of us may have this privilege to determine when we will be going HOME. Nonetheless, we have control on how we should spend the rest of our life while waiting for that glorious day. The real question is: Have we decided to die empty by maximizing each day we are going to spend on earth? Dr. Munroe lived with a sense of urgency, robbed the grave, and passed away.

Will that be your and my destiny? Or are we going to think that we have ample time to squander? Are we, some how, thinking that we have control when we exit from this world? If so think hard…

Decide today!
The final question is: Do you pledge to die empty today while you’re alive? Do you spend each day in the pursuit of your purpose in life? Do you enter into a sense of urgency and maximize each opportunity you have starting from today?

Another important question is “When you die, will people talk about what you have done to help others”? Following his death, many news media reported his passing. What would happen when you die? A few family members stand together and bury you or the people that you inspired, empowered, and served talk about how they are going to miss you? You decide that today, if you haven’t. If I were you, I choose the latter. Why dying insignificant while you’re the son/daughter of the King.

Here are some comments from people around the world on the death of Myles Munroe:

  1. Perry Christie, Prime minister of the Bahamas: “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to the Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced.”
  2. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem: “Myles Munroe was a key leader of the global evangelical movement with a big heart for Israel. His tragic passing is a loss for Christians and for the Jewish people he loved.”
  3. Tyler Perry, Movie Director: “No words, just heartbreak. My prayers and thoughts for Dr. Myles Munroe and all aboard that tragic plane crash.”
  4. Josh Reinstein, Director of Knesset Christian Allies Caucus: “Israel had no better friend. His faith and love of Israel was an inspiration to all of us.”

What I’m saying is that if we don’t learn anything from this man’s life, we should learn the importance of pursuing our purpose and dying empty by entering into a sense of urgency.

Myles emulated Jesus
By the way, I’m not surprised that Myles lived with a sense of urgency and finished his race. Our Lord and the ultimate leader Jesus demonstrated a sense of urgency while He was on earth. He said, we should work as long as it is day (John 9:4). He also said, My food is to do the will of him who sent me (John 4:34). Jesus lived each day as if it was His last. Each day, He woke up to pursue His purpose with great zeal and passion. Using every opportunity, He pushed His purpose and accomplished His goals. When we review His commitment, it is clear that He was one hundred percent committed, and dedicated Himself to fulfill the assignment He was given. And He finally said, “It is finished” (John 19: 30)

The apostle Paul too lived with a sense of urgency. That is why he could be able to run his race and finish the journey successful. At the end of the journey he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4: 7).

Now, this is your turn!
I’m crazily busy. I don’t have enough time to write such articles to just feel good. I write them because I want you to learn from them, and most importantly take action. This article calls you to duty. Don’t be passive, and just read the words on this page. Go beyond that. Don’t allow life to pass you by. You’re wired and destined to make history and leave legacy. This cannot happen without you entering into the sense of urgency.

You’re not sent to this world to only admire and appreciate the stories of others such as Jesus, Paul, and Myles. You were tasked to identify your unique path (the assignment), pursue it, and finish the race, and say ‘it’s finished’. God gave you the chance to learn from these great personalities but His expectations are not less than what He had expected from them for the assignment He gave you. You’ve what it takes within you- The Kingdom- to fulfill this assignment of yours. You’re just a vessel. What is expected of you is to believe in Him, and be open to follow His leading. The rest, as they say, history!

What I’m saying is that this is your and my turn to decide that we are going to, let me borrow Myles’ word, ‘rob the grave’.

It is time to enter this covenant, saying that we will give our best and in the end join Myles Munroe empty.

Let me conclude this article by quoting one of the last words of Dr. Munroe. In his recent interview with Jeff Koinange on Kenya’s KTN JKL Show, Dr. Munroe said, “There is nothing left. I am ready to die. That’s how I want to die because there is nothing else for me left to die. When you die, die like I am planning to die. Empty. It is finished.”

Join me as I preach about The Missing Link tonight @6pm

It may be too late but I felt sharing with you this announcement.

I’m going to preach at Hailu Yohanness Ministries tonight @ 6 pm on the theme: The Missing Link: Faith Without Action is Dead. The place is Downtown Silver Spring at the Veteran Plaza. Ask security guys when you reach there to lead you to the conference room we are going to be.

In this teaching, my goal is to inspire the audience to take bold actions and transform their lives from janitor to CEO, rags to RICHES, shepherd to KING, prison to PALACE, etc. You too deserve to take your life, business, and calling to the next height in this New Year.

It is common to find many believers who have strong faith in God for Him to do great things in their life, business, relationship, etc. but they stop there. They expect miracle and signs. They hesitate and/or undermine the spiritual power of action. The paradox is that the Bible is full of God’s men and women who took bold actions to proof Him that they had faith in His Words, Promises, and Dreams. In our generation, the difference between those Christians who are pursuing their God- given assignments and making huge differences in their communities and organizations, and the billions who are just barely surviving and waiting to go to Heaven is Action. Otherwise, we all believe (even the devil believes)…

Let me ask you, what is missing in your life, business, and ministry? Why haven’t you entered your resting place? Why you believe something but experience something else? Show me a man/woman who has faith; I will show you a man/woman who takes bold actions; show me a woman/man who takes bold actions, and I will show you a woman/man of RESULTS.

What is missing in your life, relationship, business, career, ministry? Can it be action? You may say I am a man/woman of faith and take actions. That is great to hear. The follow up question is, do your actions are equivalent to your faith? Do your works equivalent to the HUGE assignment God gave you? Is your deed equivalent to the BIG vision that He showed you? If you answered for one or more of these questions YES, this is your day; this is a turning point… Don’t miss this…

However, I admit that this teaching may not be new to some of you but this is my hope that it may reengage you to take bold actions. Or it may be just a confirmation for your bold actions you have planned to take in this new year.

Most importantly, this teaching is be fitting to the season we are in- just entered a New Year. Let not the momentum stop at writing great New Year resolutions. Time to take bold actions…

You may feel free to invite your friends and colleagues whom you may think benefit from this theme.

Hope to see you soon!