As I think about the past and focus on the future one thing that comes to mind is the word legacy. What am I and can I do to leave a legacy behind me that will provide benefits to the ones I love and to the people I have been blessed enough to rub shoulders with and work with and serve with. What can I do to ensure that people remember me in a light that points them to the light and the way and the truth? Is there anything I would need to get rid or get out of the way to make this happen? Is there anything I need to add into my day, my routine, my life to ensure that the legacy that is left behind is a godly one that glorifies God and points people to the truth that He is real? There are many times when I reflect on this subject…New Year, Birthdays (mine and my family members), and Mornings when I seek God through my time with Him and in His Word.
How will you be remembered?
This morning’s reading makes me think of the way Judas is remembered because of his actions and decisions.
3When Judas, the traitor, learned that Jesus had been condemned, he repented and took back the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4“I have sinned by betraying an innocent man to death!” he said.“What do we care about that?” they answered. “That is your business!” 5Judas threw the coins down in the Temple and left; then he went off and hanged himself. 6The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “This is blood money, and it is against our Law to put it in the Temple treasury.” 7After reaching an agreement about it, they used the money to buy Potter’s Field, as a cemetery for foreigners. 8That is why that field is called “Field of Blood” to this very day. 9Then what the prophet Jeremiah had said came true: “They took the thirty silver coins, the amount the people of Israel had agreed to pay for him, 10and used the money to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord had commanded me.”
~ from Matthew 27 (GNT)
Our words and our actions have an impact on how we will be remembered. He was a follower of Jesus, he hung out with him for all that time, but in the end how is he remembered? What is the legacy left behind? So we need to run this race called life to the full and to the end. We can’t let up because the devil is going to try and put up roadblocks and barriers every step of the way in order to try and make you stumble and fall. He doesn’t want you to spend eternity with God, he wants you to spend it apart from God with him who is already condemned by Jesus’ victory at the cross over death and Jesus’ ultimate victory when the final battle is won and played out. So let’s get thing straightened out now. Let’s put the past behind us and allow forgiveness to rule the day…Let’s forgive others! Let’s ask God to forgive us! Let’s ask others we have or may have hurt to forgive us! (It’s our responsibility to ask for forgiveness…in doing so we are obedient and can proceed, God will work out their part with them.) Let’s shine our light bright in this dark world! Let’s walk in LOVE to all those we encounter!
Life in God’s Service
1So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. 2Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. 3And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you. 4We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. 5In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. 6So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; 7if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; 8if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully. 9Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. 10Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. 11Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. 12Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. 13Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers. 14Ask God to bless those who persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. 15Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. 16Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise. 17If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
~ from Romans 12
Let’s live different! Let’s be different! Let’s help! Let’s serve! Let’s be humble! Let’s be servants! Let’s do what is right! Let’s allow God to be God in and through our lives!
Thank You Lord for this new day and for everything within it. Help me Lord to make this day about You and all that You will be glorified and lifted up. Help me Lord to be who You have created, purposed, and lead me to be. Help me Lord daily for it is only by your grace that I am able to do and accomplish and finish the word You have set for me to accomplish. May this day be filled with things that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Song of Praise and Thanksgiving
1Praise God with shouts of joy, all people!
2Sing to the glory of his name;
offer him glorious praise!
3Say to God, “How wonderful are the things you do!
Your power is so great
that your enemies bow down in fear before you.
4Everyone on earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
they sing praises to your name.”
5Come and see what God has done,
his wonderful acts among people.
He changed the sea into dry land;
our ancestors crossed the river on foot.
There we rejoiced because of what he did.
7He rules forever by his might
and keeps his eyes on the nations.
Let no rebels rise against him.
8Praise our God, all nations;
let your praise be heard.
9He has kept us alive
and has not allowed us to fall.
10You have put us to the test, God;
as silver is purified by fire,
so you have tested us.
11You let us fall into a trap
and placed heavy burdens on our backs.
12You let our enemies trample us;
we went through fire and flood,
but now you have brought us to a place of safety.
13I will bring burnt offerings to your house;
I will offer you what I promised.
14I will give you what I said I would
when I was in trouble.
15I will offer sheep to be burned on the altar;
I will sacrifice bulls and goats,
and the smoke will go up to the sky.
16Come and listen, all who honor God,
and I will tell you what he has done for me.
17I cried to him for help;
I praised him with songs.
18If I had ignored my sins,
the Lord would not have listened to me.
19But God has indeed heard me;
he has listened to my prayer.
20I praise God,
because he did not reject my prayer
or keep back his constant love from me.
~from Psalm 66 (GNT)