Friday 21st May 2021 Devotion
Scripture:- Psalm 112:1-10
Topic:- Five Essentials To Leaving A Legacy That Will Outlive You
Text:- Psalm 112:2
Learn how to leave your children a heritage, not just an inheritance.
A husband and wife who walked by faith and, consequently, left a legacy far beyond anything they could have imagined, lived in the early 1700s in colonial America.
Their names were Jonathan and Sarah Edwards.
Jonathan Edwards felt God’s call to become a minister.
He and his young bride began a Pastorate in a small congregation.
During the years that followed, he wrote many sermons, prayers, and books, and was influential in beginning the Great Awakening.
Together they produced eleven children who grew into adulthood.
Sarah was a partner in her husband’s Ministry, and he sought her advice regarding sermons and Church matters.
They spent time talking about these things together, and, when their children were old enough, the parents included them in the discussions.
The effects of the Edwards’ lives have been far-reaching, but the most measurable results of their faithfulness to God’s call are found through their descendants.
Elizabeth Dodds records a study done by A. E. Winship in 1900 in which he lists a few of the accomplishments of the 1,400 Edwards descendants he was able to find:
1. 100 Lawyers and a Dean of a Law School.
2. 80 Holders of public office.
3. 66 Physicians and a Dean of a Medical School.
4. 65 Professors of Colleges and Universities.
5. 30 Judges.
6. 13 College Presidents.
7. 3 Mayors of large cities.
8. 3 Governors of States.
9. 3 United States Senators.
10. 1 Controller of the United States Treasury.
11. 1 Vice President of the United States.
What kind of legacy will you and your mate leave?
Will it be lasting? Will it be imperishable and eternal? Or will you leave behind only tangible items—buildings, money, and/or possessions?
The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to invest his life in faithful men who would be able to pass God’s truth on to the next generation.
Where does God want you and your mate to invest the time you have been given?
B. To Live A Life Worthy Of Legacy:
1. Fear the Lord and obey Him. Your legacy begins in your heart, in your relationship with God. See Psalm 112:1-2.
2. Recognize the world’s needs and respond with compassion and action. See Matthew 9:36.
You and your mate need to leave a legacy by being committed to doing something about our world.
Many Christians today are walking in the middle of the road; they’re so focused on what other people think that they are unwilling to take any risks in order to make an impact for Christ.
When you fly over rows of houses, do you wonder how many people in those homes know Jesus?
This year thirty million people will die without hearing the name of Christ.
Hundreds of millions will pray to idols. Someone needs to reach these people with the Good News.
3. Pray as a couple that God will use you to accomplish His purposes. See 1 Chronicles 4:10.
Oh Lord God, bless me, give me new turf and enlarge my sphere of influence, keep me from temptation and stay with me, in the name of Jesus Christ.