3/24/2011 ~ Leaving A Legacy
The Greatest Generation?
└─> Normally associated with WWII veterans.
└─> Returning to build the greatest free country ever known.
... another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD ...
~ Judges 2:10
How goes the story? ...
Many ages and stories have been written in the time of man.
~ Those who have had better and worse ...
Renaissance out of the Dark Ages.
└─> Federalism in the early American States.
└─> The New Deal of Roosevelt.
For what we are remembered is known as impact → our collision with others.
Intensity is what moves both good and bad.
~ The question is, what will be each of our legacies?
... For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time
and then vanishes away. ~ James 4:14
We need to keep our eye ahead as we cherish the past.
A lifetime is just a small window in time.
If you live just for the moment, you may miss an enduring impact.
... 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' ... ~ Matthew 6:31-34
└─> Temporal concerns.
It is more than the temporary mundane ...
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, ..."
~ Matthew 5:13
"... but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, ..." ~ Matthew 6:19-21
Store up treasure in heaven.
... things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
~ Hebrews 11:1-3
Hebrews 11 is a chapter of legacies.
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Abel, Cain, Enoch, Noah, Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, etc.
John is known as a legacy Gospel.
Jesus getting His disciples ready for when He departs. <─┘
"... I go to prepare a place for you. ..." ~ John 14:2-3
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The Legacy of JESUS.
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... that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken ...
~ 2nd Peter 3:1-2
Peter writes us so that we can know, by remembrance.
Paul also dedicates his life for the benefit of others ...
... I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and
the time of my departure is at hand. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:1-8
└─> Awaiting departure.
... the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; ...
~ Romans 1:17
What is it that we leave for others? ...
→ Every day is a page in your life.
Relationships can build us up or wear us down.
Is your page today for good or bad?
~ Are you waiting to write that good page one day?
→ What is the bulk of your story?
... like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
who have strayed concerning the truth, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:17-18
A torch of light?
... for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, ...
~ 2nd Timothy 4:10
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– or Darkness? –
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Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:14-15
Wickedness obstructing the gospel?
... but all forsook me. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:16
┌─> All else were afraid to endure.
Paul as the sole light bearer.
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:11
A well of refreshing.
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Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:19
Still faithful to the end is key.
~ LEGACY ~
... The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and
the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. ... ~ Ezekiel 18:20-24
What we must do –
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, ...
~ 2nd Timothy 4:7-8
Hate evil, love good; ... ~ Amos 5:15
To hate evil is to be able to discern between good and bad.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11
And to have your actions planted in faithfulness.
"... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." ~ Joshua 24:15
Alcohol in the home is most damaging to children as a legacy example.
└─> Corruption and lawlessness follow.
... "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord,
that you may fulfill it." ~ Colossians 4:17
... Guard what was committed to your trust, ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:18-20
We write on other people’s hearts – how do your chapters go?
CHAPTERS WELL WRITTEN?
Are you part of the family of God? – Part of the legacy of Jesus?
Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore. ~ Psalms 37:27
Embrace what is good and depart that which is evil.
Rejoice in the chapters you leave for others.
Keep your torch lit to be passed on.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; ... ~ Proverbs 3:5-8
IS YOUR LEGACY ~ A PERSON OF GOD?
Thanks be to my brother in Christ, Mark Moseley.
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