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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Recently I was in a tradesmen’s shop when I saw a plaque on the wall along with a picture of the company’s founder. 

He came from Europe and started working as a plumber. He established a business that 4 generations later still serves the public and employs many people. That’s a lasting legacy!

There are examples all around us of people who had a dream which became a legacy. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks. These people who have long since passed away still live on today because of the hopes and dreams that they had. That’s a lasting legacy! 

What kind of legacy will you have? What impact will the life you live make? What mark on this earth will you leave? 

Maybe you’re a politician or a statesman working to make society better for future generations. Maybe a doctor or scientist working on a wonder drug or cure a disease. Maybe you’re in education and shaping the hearts and minds of the next generation. 

Maybe you aren’t any of those things. Maybe you’re one of millions of average people who live each day the same way. Work at a job and go home to family to eat and fellowship before sleeping only to get up the next day and do it all again. Maybe you don’t think you will have a legacy or have an impact or leave a mark. 

What, if anything, does God care about the legacy we leave behind or the impact we have or the mark we leave? 

The Bible says that our works, actions, legacy here on earth will be weighed by God and tried by fire. Somethings we did will burn as if they were wood, hay or stubble. Others will survive like gold, silver precious gems. 1 Corinthians 3:13

What will burn and what will survive? What is the standard for this test? 

What is my life here made of? Wood or Gold? Hay or Silver? Stubble or Precious Gems? 

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church is addressing the divisions and clicks that they are experiencing. Some are pridefully saying that they are Paul’s followers and other Apollo’s followers. Paul is explaining that neither he nor Apollo are anything but it’s God who has saved them. He explains that he only planted seeds and Apollo or others watered but it was God that gave the increase (brought about the salvation).

Paul goes on to say that Jesus is the foundation on which he, Apollo and all other believers build on but we should be careful how we build because it will be judged and tried by fire. 

So, are you planting seeds, or watering seeds that others have planted? That is to say, are you building on the foundation Jesus laid? Sharing the good news of the Gospel? Showing the compassion and love of God to others? Willing to lay down your life (humble yourself and or put someone else’s needs before your own) to bring someone to Christ? 

Or, are you a believer who is only concerned with your salvation? Attending church but not planting seeds or watering? Content that you’re saved and let the rest of the world find their own way? Talking about your Sunday at church but not the Word of God? 

Paul goes on to tell us that if our works survive the fire we will receive a reward but if our work is burnt up we will suffer the loss but be saved. So, our personal salvation is not in jeopardy but our pride will be hurt.

What will your legacy be? Political? Societal? Scientific? or Immortal? Will you plant seeds and water seeds planted so that Jesus has the harvest?

Once we have been saved from Hell’s fire the only legacy that lasts will be those we saved as well.

Go, ye into all the world, and search the Gospel to every creature!!! Mark 16:15 KJV 

 

Be Blessed A&B

Importunity

Importunity – Im por What?

Im-por-tun-ity

Persistence, especially to the point of annoyance. Boldness.

And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his IMPORTUNITY he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. ( Luke 11:7-8 )

In this example we see that it’s late and people are sleeping. The neighbor has a visitor. He goes next door and asks for food to serve the visitor. He doesn’t just ask. He asks with persistence and boldness with a full sense of expectation. No doubts no hesitation. The Bible is riddled with examples of importunity. Moses at the Red Sea comes to mind. He trusted that beyond the insurmountable odds God would make a way. No doubt no hesitation. Likewise Abraham haggled with God over the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah like a friend would with a friend, an equal. No doubt no hesitation.  Peter dared against the obvious dangers of the tempest surrounding him and bid Jesus call him out onto the water. He stepped out and walked on the water towards Jesus. No doubt no hesitation. (Yes, he sank like a rock when he took his eyes off  Jesus but that’s another post

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;  Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. (Luke 18:1-5 )

In this example of persistence (importunity) Jesus uses an unjust Judge to show a comparison. The widows persistence wore down the judge and she received her justice. Yet, Jesus goes on to teach us that if this unjust judge gave in to the persistent widow won’t God (Who is just) answer those that cry out to Him? (Luke 18:6-8)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (Matthew 7:7)

Ask, Seek, Knock

Even the acronym for these three words spells ASK!

The Word of God tells us to come boldly into the throne of grace. We need nobody to speak for us (even though Jesus Himself is our Advocate, again lets save that for another post). The veil that separated the Holy of Holies in the Temple from the rest of God’s people was torn when Jesus died. There’s nothing and nobody stopping us from entering into the very presence of The Almighty. The boldness, that importunity, is the key. No doubt no hesitation.

Importunity

Im-por-What?

Impor-powermeant!! That’s what.

Religious-minded people may have told you that meekness and a poverty mentality is what God expects and rewards yet here are several examples of the obvious. Certainly God expects and deserves reverence. We are to Fear the Lord. That fear means reverence and respect in awe of His power. We are not expected to cower or tremble when we pray. Neither are we to pray a prayer of wishful thinking not being sure of the outcome because “God works in mysterious ways”! He does not work in mysterious ways. Jesus shared His plans, hopes and mission with His disciples.

There is one thing that this importunity indicates.

Relationship!

The neighbors knew each other. Probably very well considering the closeness of community back then. Likewise, I’m sure that the widow knew that judge and his reputation which is why she was unrelenting. When Jesus instructs us to be persistent by asking, seeking and knocking He is looking for a relationship. I heard a great sermon where the example of ask seek knock was likened to walking across a grassy place such as a short cut. The repetition of walking across that grassy path wears away the grass and leaves the bare earth that’s been beaten down lower that the surrounding turf.

Jesus clearly taught that if we abide(Live, dwell, accept or act in accordance with) in Him and His words abide in us (see the causative relationship?) then we can ask what we will and it shall be done. (John 15:7)

Beat a path to God

Practice IMPURTUNITY

He will hear you!

 

Be blessed, A&B 

 

 

Billy Graham Goes Home

“When you hear people saying that Billy Graham is dead don’t you believe it! Because at that moment I will be more alive than I every have been!”

Rev. Billy Graham speaking to his son Franklin Graham

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NKJV

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:16 NKJV

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12 NKJV