Is it legacy? Is it bequest? Is it endowment? Is it bestowal? Is it provision? Is it birthright? Is it heritage? Is it patrimony? Is it devise? Is it succession? Is it accession? Is it elevation? Or is it death? Or is it worry? Or is it concern? Or is it joy? Or is it quantity? Or is it stuf? Or is it money?
What if you were going to be the giver or the source of the inheritance? What would you want to pass on? What would you want your legacy to be? What wisdom or knowledge would you want to pass on to the next person? What value would you want to pass on that would last? What target would you leave for the next generation? How could you share something that would elevate them into the future?
Today’s devotional closed with the following and I felt it would be important to share it with you…
‘Aim for perfection’ (2 Corinthians 13:11), writes the apostle Paul. This is very different from ‘perfectionism’. Perfectionism is ‘a personality trait characterised by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluation and concerns regarding others’ evaluations’. It leads to a fear of failure and making mistakes. It can lead to depression, anxiety and missed opportunities.
God’s people have always been called to aim high (while avoiding the dangers of perfectionism). God gave to his people in the Old Testament a wonderful vision of their potential inheritance. Jesus challenges us to live a life like his. The fact that we are fallible human beings who never fully succeed should not stop us aiming high.
So what will your inheritance be? What will you pass on to the next generation? Will you make it something that will last forever? It’s up to you to choose! Life is filled with choices! So the decision is yours! Will you receive the inheritance Jesus left you?
Devotional, Proverbs 8:22-31, Luke 9:10-27, Numbers 33, Numbers 34
1. Aim to be full of joy … Proverbs 8:22-31
Will you choose to live your life so that your joy may be complete? Will you choose to stay in the presence of God, enjoy the relationships with people, and enjoy God’s creations? We need to choose to trust and put our hope in God! Let’s choose to set our goals high! Let’s choose to focus on living our lives in the presence of God as living sacrifices to Him! Let’s allow His joy to fill us to overflowing!
10If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you. –from John 15
He was with God in the beginning. –John 1:2
23I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. –Proverbs 8:23
30Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, 31rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind. –Proverbs 8:30-31
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. –1 Timothy 6:17
2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. –Hebrews 12:2-3
2. Aim to be full of love … Luke 9:10-27
Jesus loves you this I know for the Bible tells me so! Jesus cares so much that He can take the little we have and use it to meet our needs and to glorify God the Father! Are you willing to give what you have over to Jesus? Even the little you have, will you give it up to Jesus? Even the abundance you, will you give it up to Jesus? It may seem or feel impossible, but nothing is impossible with God and for God! He will meet you right where you are at and meet your needs! He won’t send you away like some of our human tendencies might be! Do you realize who Jesus is?
10When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
12Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
13He replied, “You give them something to eat.”
They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14(About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
18Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
19They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Jesus Predicts His Death
21Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
23Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
–from Luke 9
What should our target be to show that we love God and love people?
- No Sin (v23) – Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
- No self (v23-25) – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
- No secrecy (v26) – Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
3. Aim to be full of the Spirit … Numbers 33:1-34:29
These are the men the LORD commanded to assign the inheritance to the Israelites in the land of Canaan. — Numbers 34:29
The Israelites set out from Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover. They marched out defiantly in full view of all the Egyptians, –Numbers 33:3
At the Lord’s command Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor, where he died on the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. –Numbers 33:38
17The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country; 18for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness; 19and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20All this took about 450 years. “After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. –from Acts 13
32″We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’ –from Acts 13
15For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. –from Hebrews 9
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, 5who through faith are protected by God’s power for the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. –from 1 Peter 1
13And in Him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. 14The Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of His glory. –from Ephesians 1
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other. –from Galatians 5
Keep your aim high, set your target high, even when we struggle or fail don’t give up or lower the bar! By keeping the bar high we can help the average to keep rising! So choose today to set the bar high – not perfectionism but excellence in all that you do!