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Friday, November 19, 2010

LOL - Living Our Legacy - Part 10 (Final)

So there are our housewarming gifts: Love, Service, Time, Worship, Conversation, Teaching, Boundaries, and Faithfulness. (Click here for previous posts about this series.) What great gifts we received for our spiritual homes!

Jesus told the story about someone who built a house on a solid foundation – just like we've talked about in this whole series of lessons . In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus tells this parable:

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

A solid rock is Jesus’ visual image of something that we know will last. That's what our foundation should be built on, shouldn't it?

A few weeks ago I shared with you an illustration about the wise man and foolish man.  Click here to see that illustration.  I've used the illustration to illustrate this series of lessons, as well in Bible classes and VBS.

A house built on sand will splat! It will be destroyed. What are some types of sand these homes are built on? The sandy foundation, in a realistic sense, may be no foundation at all.

Some spiritual homes are build on opinion only - of what someone believes is right.

Some homes are built on the latest fad....whatever the popular thing to do might be.

And still other homes may be built on the experiences of the past. For example, a person may build their house just like their parents did or just like their grandparents did. And sadly, that foundation may be sandy and no good. It's a house built on an unstable foundation and continues repeating the same thing over and over.

There are other things besides sandy, unstable foundations that can destroy our spiritual homes and eventually, our legacy.  Storms can also destroy our spiritual homes, just as they can destroy our physical homes.  Storms can come in the form of many things in relation to our spiritual homes: sickness, death, abuse, neglect. Lots of things can cause devastating destruction.

LOL is no laughing matter when it stands for "Living Our Legacy". It's very important when it comes to our spiritual lives and our spiritual homes.  Think over all of the housewarming gifts we've talked about for the past several days.

Now your house is built....you've built it.  You've built it with help from God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  It's filled with many wonderful housewarming gifts.

Now consider this:  Someday you'll leave that house you've built.  Someday that house will belong to someone else. It should be our desire to be known as a good home builder....a spiritual home builder. A builder with a good reputation. A builder that builds on firm foundations.

What will your legacy be? Let us all remember to "Live Our Legacy" in the way we live - each and every day.

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