Pretty roadside bushes. : )
A warm and humid day. But cloudy and little rains off and on (which we need!). I hope this finds you relaxing on a Sabbath Day. I'm hoping you got up and went to church. I'm hoping you have spent time in God's Word. I'm hoping you have prayed. Dr. Robert Jeffress had a good series on "Grace Living" last week where he's noticing that people, once saved, feel like they don't have to go to church anymore, don't have to read the Bible anymore, and don't have to pray anymore because they are living "under grace" and they can pretty much do what they want to now because Jesus will pardon them. Um. No. Sorry. The question would then be, are you sure you're saved if you don't have any desire to do what God would obviously want you to do?
We attended a funeral service yesterday and it was the wish of the one who died to make sure that the service was all about Jesus and his love for him from the time he was a young man. And it was. So moving and the Gospel message was conveyed. I thought about the service all day yesterday and I was praying that for those who were yet unsaved thought about it too. I'm still praying that they will come to Jesus and be saved and live what life they have left in obedience to Him.
Which leads me to my post. Legacy living.
Whenever I attend a funeral service (especially of someone you know is saved and know that they are in Heaven and meeting Jesus face-to-face) I tend to wonder what words will be spoken of me when my time comes. What do we leave here on earth that will pass from generation to generation? Are we teaching our children and grandchildren about Jesus or do we want to be the fun and popular mom who gives material things instead? Does the church see us active and involved and loving and helpful, or do we just show up whenever we feel like it and then leave? When we're out and about, do we exhibit love and care for others or do we lose our temper and behave inappropriately showing our not-so-good self when things go wrong? Legacy living is more than about money or what we are going to physically pass on when we pass on. That's very nice and generous if we can do that, but more so it's about who we've been while here on earth is what matters. How we've helped, how we've acted, how we've behaved - the things that are caught more than taught.
When I hear about someone like we did yesterday and all that they did throughout their life and how they lived an obedient life - a life well lived - it motivates me to want to do more. Ideas start to flood in and I write them down and at least try to make some kind of plan. And it isn't because it's all of a sudden about me, but it's the Holy Spirit helping to sort things through and motivating me to take those ideas and actually trying to carry them through to help others and make a difference. When we do this, especially if you still have children at home or grandchildren around, they pick up on what you are doing. They see. You can take them with you while dropping food off at the food shelf. They can shop with you, come home, and put hygiene kits together for the homeless shelter. They can help cook a meal and come with you while dropping it off for someone in need. They can see you pray with someone who is going through a difficult time. SO many ways of being the hands and feet of Christ and passing that along to the next generation. To me......that is legacy living. And I think we underestimate it. It's not only our family that is watching to see if we are living out the Christian life service, but everyone around is too. Yesterday was a testimony about someone who chose to not let a moment go by without proclaiming the love of Jesus whether that was in word or deed.
So, with the upcoming week - how can we get out of ourselves and give of ourselves? How can we be Jesus to someone? How can we convey the message of the cross in our words and actions? There are people who are thirsting and starving for something more and faith in Jesus Christ is it! Maybe begin by brainstorming - write as many ideas down as you can think of. Talk to people in your church and begin a group and get together to carry these out (sometimes I think we hesitate in doing anything because we think we have to go it alone). Of course the motive has to be right - we are not to do anything if we're trying to put the focus on us. So maybe the first thing to do is pray what God would have you to do - ask Him to help you in figuring out what needs to be done for others. Then carry it through! : )
Have a good upcoming week. God bless.