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Monday, November 8, 2010

LOL - Living Our Legacy: Part 2

What is a legacy? The definition of legacy is an inheritance or quality handed down from a previous generation. It includes more than passing on wealth; it also means to pass along character, convictions, beliefs, and faith. So this means that we’re all living a legacy. We're all "Living Our Legacy" each and every day.

As followers of Christ, we shouldn't be interested in what the world's idea of "legacy" might be; instead we should be concerned about a legacy that will count for eternity.  It's leaving a legacy of Christ by the example you have shown in your character, convictions, beliefs, and your faith.

Since you and I want to leave a positive legacy, let’s look at God’s word and see what God values. Don't think of this lesson as morbid. It doesn't mean you are checking out of earthly life anytime soon. It simply means that we are all in the process of leaving. We begin that journey the day we're born. And at the end of that journey, all that is left is our legacy.

Living our legacy is something we work on every day, whether we realize it or not. It is something we contribute to – whether we realize it or not. Each of us should actively seek to influence those around us. We should actively work to influence the next generations. We should live a life of purpose. We should live a life centered on an active love for Christ and His Word. I say active because we have enough people paying lip-service to Jesus. As Christians, we should live out our lives on purpose – with a purpose - not just in word, but also in deed.

So today, let's think of how we can live our legacy.

I want to use the illustration of a house. And today think of yourself in a new career – one that you've most likely never tried before. Think of yourself as the builder. What do you need to build a house? You need a foundation, you need supplies, you need the ability.

The important thing we must know as a spiritual house builder is to build on a firm foundation. What makes a firm foundation? Jesus uses the wise man/foolish man parable (Matthew 7:24-27) to teach his disciples and us a very important lesson. He said it's not just about listening to His teaching. It’s about obeying His teaching. It's having the faith in Him to build on that solid rock. We are building on the solid rock – the solid foundation when we believe His plan, follow His plan and obey His teachings.

Think of God as the architect of the house. Think of the Holy Spirit as the framework that holds the house together. Think of the Bible as the walls....the boundaries within the house. Jesus is the roof because he covered us with His love and His blood.

Okay.  Now our house is built. It's built with the finest materials. It's built on a firm foundation. It's built on biblical principles.

In the next post, we'll be having a house-warming party and fill our houses with special gifts.Yeah!  I like parties, don't you??? :)

 “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.”
Matthew 7:24-27

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