What would you want said about you at your funeral?
What people say about you will be determined by how you live your life. A legacy is something that is handed down from one person to another: property, money, way of life, reputation, ideas, or other things we want to remember about a person. Today’s challenge is to think about your lifelong legacy now, today.
What do you want your legacy to be?
Are you living for yourself and what people think about you or are you living to promote God’s purposes and character?
Do you want people to remember that you were a nice person, that you worked hard, or that you had some great successes? Or do you want to be remembered as a person who trusted God? Do you want others to know what God did in and through your life? In other words, are you living for yourself and what people think about you or are you living to promote God’s purposes and character?
In this ALL IN series, we will explore the life of Abraham while considering the goals of our church: to save, equip, and send.
ALL IN is about including all of us in the goal of sharing our faith. We are all watched by people who don’t know Christ, so we all have an opportunity to share His love and represent Him well to others. Imagine if all of us in the church committed to locking arms and being a part of the church’s mission. What would your part be?
As God grows Pastor Miles’ commitment to Him and to the church, we can all be challenged to go farther and walk more closely with God. We need to listen when God tells us “less of this, more of this,” and be willing to change. ALL IN is not only about all of us banding together toward a common purpose, but giving God all of ourselves.
When you think of Abraham, you may think of a man of faith. But you may not know that Abraham grew up in Ur, an advanced and wealthy community, in a family of international merchants who worshipped many gods. But even though God could see all of Abraham’s advances and greatness in his life, He had even bigger plans for Abraham to leave a legacy of trusting and following God.
And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. Genesis 11:31
In each of these blanks, fill in your own name and imagine this legacy being read about you at the end of your life.
1. _________ was a person who trusted God.
Do you want to be known as someone who trusted God?
Sometimes we like things to be all planned out before we move and trust, but God doesn’t always operate that way; sometimes He just calls us somewhere and asks us to follow without knowing all the details. This may be against your nature, but God also created us to be creatures of faith, so we can make a conscious decision to trust and follow God even if it feels difficult or unnatural.
2. _________ was a person who was used by God.
Is God doing anything in your life worth talking about?
Abraham had a son Isaac, who had a son Jacob or Israel, the father of the Israelites. God had plans for Abraham, to make him a father of faith who would impact the world for generations.
How is God using your life? When you die and you get to look back at your time on earth, how will God have used you? Don’t let this be an accident. Intentionally seek out the gifts and abilities God has given you. What type of people do you want to help and how do you want to help them?
3. _________ was a person who was favored by God.
Is God smiling on your life? Is He happy with how passionately you serve Him?
We want to pray that all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places will be poured out on our lives, that we wouldn’t just experience a little bit of God’s goodness, favor, and blessings, but that we would desire ALL God intends for us.
Ask God to use you and bless you in the process. Insert your name into this prayer:
Now the Lord had said to Abram [insert your name here]:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Today’s challenge is to take a stand to be all-in, desiring all God has for you and to be a part of all God has for our church!