John 14:1-4: (NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
“My last, my best, my dying legacy.” I was reading in the Adam Clark commentary and came across that line.
As I understand it, the legacy of Christ isn’t about dying but living!
Apostle Paul’s life of salvation is a reflection of Jesus’ legacy.
Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Have you heard this saying before? “Life is like a grindstone; whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of.”
1 Peter 1:6-7: “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials so that the tested genuineness of your faith — more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
In Hebrews 12:6 it says, “He disciplines those He loves.”
I think one of the things I really appreciate about the Word of God in Scripture is it’s not fluff.
For example, David, the shepherd, warrior, king, adulterer, murderer, repentant sinner.
The Hebrews, Israelites, Jews. The people chosen. Regardless of their names throughout Scripture, they are the chosen people. God, our Creator, has used them as a people to reveal Himself and how He deals with us, as all people. He sent Christ as the Living Word.
John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Multiple times I’ve heard: “I’m not worried about leaving a legacy.”
Hmm… I wonder if our definition of legacy is the same.
For me the basic definition of legacy is a gift that is handed down from one person to another. Or when someone dies their legacy can be the mark that person left on those around them. Perhaps a legacy of family or a community legacy of achievements.
We all leave a legacy. The question that remains: Will it be of quality to pass the test?
2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless of course, you fail the test.”
Our testimony is our legacy of faith.
Have heard this saying? “You can’t take it with you.”
I’m convinced when we pass from earth to eternity, we do both — we leave our legacy of faith and we take our testimony with us! What God has done for us.
There’s a line from the movie the “Kingdom of Heaven” that has stayed with me. “When you stand before God you cannot say, ‘I was told by others to do this or that. Virtue was not convenient at the time; this will not suffice.’”
Jesus said, “Trust in God, trust also Me.”
Hebrews 12:11: “For a moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.
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