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Leaving A Spiritual Legacy

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.  Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:23-27 (NKJV)

Have you every thought about what your own funeral would be like?  I know it is a funny question to ask, but it can be one motivating us to think more clearly as to how we will choose to live our lives.  What kind of spiritual legacy will we leave behind, both individually and as a society?  Will we leave a rich heritage for our children and grandchildren to pattern their lives after?  Will others be able to look back upon our life and see God’s impact, love, and transformation upon it?

When I think of people who have left a great spiritual legacy I immediately think of the Old Testament forefathers such as, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and of course King David.  Some reading this might question, “If David committed such terrible sins such as adultery and murder then how could he have left a great spiritual legacy?”

Even though David sinned greatly, he confessed his sins and repented of them (Ps. 51).  These sins were the exception in his life and not the rule; they did not properly capture his true heart to worship and serve God.  David was truly a man after God's own heart (1 Sam. 13:14).

And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ Acts 13:22 (NKJV)

Q:         So what does it mean to be a man after God’s own heart, and how did David achieve this practically?

To be a man after God’s own heart simply means we have a deep desire to do things in a way honoring and glorifying to God; it is to seek His will for each situation in our life (Rom. 12:1-2).  So even though David made some bad choices, it was his true heart to consistently do the will of God.  When David became King, one of his first priorities was to set up the worship of God as the center of Israel nationally.  And as a result of this one man’s devotion to God we can see Israel’s extraordinary spiritual legacy of their worship of God. 

Q:         How can we apply this lesson to our lives today as Christian men and women?

If we are to leave a true spiritual legacy then it needs to start in our heart.  We must make a determined commitment to make the Lord’s desires for our life our own personal desires.  We will stumble and fall occasionally, but let’s determine to not allow these mistakes to change our commitment to live for God. 

I want to encourage you today to think upon these things.  Let’s make a commitment unto the Lord this very day.  Let’s seek to do what He would do in every situation.  Let’s impact our families and those around us in a Christ-like way.  Let’s determine to leave a spiritual legacy by how we live — by being a man or woman after God's own heart.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 4:23-27 what are we told to do in our Christian walk?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be a man or woman after God’s own heart?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to fix our eyes and mind upon the Lord.  Let’s choose to be men and women after God’s own heart. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for the many lessons contained within Your Word.  Help me to remember each of them as I am tempted to look to the left and right.  Fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit today Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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