Devotions today is from our son Kurt. Hope you enjoy!
Our pastor had an interesting sermon last week and I thought I would share my notes. The series is Called “The Legacy of Life” and the 2 big ideas of this particular series is:
1.) My number one opportunity to leave a legacy in this world is my home
2.) Family is God’s number one tool for helping us become more like Jesus
The big idea for this Sunday was: Every life teaches a lesson. My greatest gift to my family is me. The life I live is my legacy.
My initial reaction to this was one of “Oh man, what will my story be? and how will I be remembered by my family and friends…..by those that know me best?” I thought of a funny motivation parody poster that showed a picture of a haunting, half sunken ship in a harbor, left for years with a caption at the bottom that read “it may be that the purpose of your life is a warning to others” : )
Here are the 3 points:
1.) VALUE your life lesson – The life you live will speak to your family and friends for generations after you die. He gave several examples of this, one was what he called the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 that speaks of Abel’s gift and how it was better than Cains and “how his faith speaks even though he is dead.” I think this is true with members of my family. I think of my Grandmother that is now in heaven, but her example of faith, stewardship and giving still speak to me.
2.) EXAMINE your life lesson – 2 Corinthians 13: 5 says “examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine”
He said we should ask ourselves, our friends, our family and God. He even asked if there would be one word to describe you what would it be? I know what I would like it to be, but is it?!
3.) CHANGE your life lesson – Mark 10:27 says “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God”
He made me laugh when he said in a very matter-of-fact manner “if you could fix you, you would, but you can’t, so you won’t”. Jesus is in the life-changing business. What I can’t change, Jesus can change. Repent and believe that he can change you. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature!
How will you be remembered? What is your legacy?