WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY? – THE S. G. ELTON EXAMPLE


The picture above is of Miss Ruth Elton, 77, the only daughter of Pa S. G. Elton, a missionary statesman who discipled a lot of the men who led and still lead the Pentecostal revival in Nigeria. She’s standing on behalf of her father for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ECU Reunion Conference 2011.

The ECU is an acronym for the Evangelical Christian Union, one of the foremost and oldest campus fellowships at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. It is a fellowship reputed in it’s almost fifty (50) years of existence to have produced leaders in almost every sphere of human endeavor – ministry, business, education, corporate and public governance, technology, ICT etc. I know because I am privileged to have passed through the same place and have served (and still serve) in leadership at both student and alumni levels.

S. G. Elton influenced those who shaped that fellowship in her early years. He lived a few kilometers away in Ilesha from the Ile-Ife campus where the fellowship is located. And now, he is being honored even in death, because his legacy endures!

Indeed, “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” (Proverbs 10:7) I have said before and now again I say; FAME without a NAME is LAME. It does not endure! Solomon, ancient king of Israel put it this way, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)

I’m saying this because as leaders, we must not get it wrong! Our mandate is to build an enduring legacy. And the surest way to do that is by pouring our lives in service into other men. Monuments will fall and crumble, wealth and riches will fade but he that lives on in the hearts of other men truly lives! I agree with Edwin Markham, American clergyman of the 19th Century who in effect said that nothing really is worth the making if it does not make the man.

Investing in people is a costly and risky business; in fact it’s plain hard work. But as I have come to know that’s where the real joy and fulfillment in leadership comes from. In the long run, no one will remember you for the number of cars you had or the kind of automobile you drove. They will care less how many countries you visited or the size of your business organization or ministry. Only your deposit in people’s lives is what will endure after all is said and done.

See, “One of the outstanding ironies of history is the utter disregard of ranks and titles in the final judgment men pass on each other,” Samuel Logan Brengle (1860 – 1939) said. “The final estimate of men shows that history cares not an iota for the rank or title a man has borne, or the office he has held, but only the quality of his deeds and the character of his mind and heart,” he concluded.

S. G. Elton had followed in the footsteps of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Paul, the Apostle from Tarsus and many others like them who though may be dead yet their legacies live on through the lives they have touched. They are my heroes and I say, “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!” (Numbers 23:10) Selah!

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About Yomi Olufiade

My passion, dear friend, is to help you find, follow and fulfill God’s purpose for your life. Not only that, I also want to help you achieve tremendous success with your God-ideas and assignment through this medium via the life-changing truths of the Word of God. I’m sure you won’t remain the same again after interacting with me.

Posted on January 14, 2012, in Christian Leadership, Church, Destiny, Encouragement, Excellence, Leadership, Mentoring, Ministry, Preaching, Success, Worship and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. @Toluccl, how do I connect with you, I sincerely want to meet Mama Ruth Elton.
    Here is my e.mail address: Texfranklyn@gmail.com
    God increase you bountifully!

  2. i really am inspired by this write-up, i’m currently working on a presentation for NCCF gwagwalada. and i need to get Pa S.G. Elton’s picture, is this possible. please reply soonest.

  3. I’ll be very grateful for contact detail about Ruth Elton: Address; Residence; Mailing etc…I and others need to see her about a very important project concerning her parents…and if, in addition, anyone knows substantially more about Pa Elton please contact me via my email: habakkuk2two@yahoo.com

  4. Thanks for this educative material. We need leaders who will willingly train genertional leaders in God’s program for thier generation

  5. So much about this man. I really want to know more about him

  6. Micheal peculiar should contact me through my FB mail. i would lead him to Pa Elton’s house in Ilesa township in Osun state where he lived , died and was buried and also meet Sis ruth. his only daughter.

  7. am impressed by your passion,i pray you never lose focus in Jesus name.kindly post me some more info on pa Elton when you have it. tnx

  8. Growing up in Okene during the early seventies, I got to know a white woman who lived in a nearby village and discipled a lot of people – most of them uneducated. I knew her then as Miss Ruth, or Oyivo Agassa or the white woman of Agassa. It was not untill my university days in Ilorin in the early eighties that I got to know that Pa Elton was Miss Ruth’s father. I am grateful for the Eltons and the great work they did in Nigeria. Thanks to those of you in whose hearts the Lord gave the idea of giving this remarkable woman a more than well deserved honor. Thank you!

  9. nifemi richard-bruce

    thank you so much bro Yomi, you are blessed

  10. Highly impressed with the job well done. Many thanks 4 being a channel of God’s grace in our time.
    Pa SG Elton was & is STILL a big blessing to the body of Christ, especially the Penticosals.
    Sir, I’m aware that there is a story behind every glory! I will be most grateful if you can help get Pa SG Elton’s biography. Stay blessed.

  11. michael peculiar

    please sir , i am currently doing some research on pa SG Elton, is there any way you can help me with publication about his autobiography, what led him to Nigeria, how he got the contact, i

    • Oh, no! That I’m sorry I will not be able to help with because I don’t have them. If and when I do, I’ll let you know. Much blessings!

    • Oluwafemi Emmanuel

      There is this Magazine published a few years ago in Ibadan “Essence Restored” Oct-Dec. 2004 edition. It is about Pa Elton. If the phone No has not changed, the editor’s phone No are 080 5560 7549, 080 3358 7504.

    • Yes. I would have given a link but I need to know you and be sure of the work.Please call me on 07039298938. May God raise gaints again in the christendom whose lives are correct that would raise firebrands in Holiness again. Amen.
      Adedoyin

  12. Excellent!
    Blessings, Ted and Carol

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