What legacy do you want to leave for your children? Your church? Your community? What would you tell your loved ones on your deathbed? In this message, Pastor Brent shares several ways that we can leave a godly and lasting legacy.
Be Careful to Seek Godly Counsel
The Book of Kings outlines the accounts of the kings that ruled the Kingdom of Israel. All the good kings followed the ways of God. On the contrary, all the bad kings followed the ways of the world. King Rehoboam was a great example of a king that followed the ways of the world.
Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” 1 Kings 12:8-9
King Rehoboam’s decisions lead to the division of the nation of Israel.
We need to make sure we are seeking godly counsel. Seek advice from those that are older than us. Make sure you are constantly evaluating who is leading and guiding the decisions in your life.
So often in life, we can see needs in the world, but we wait around for someone else to step up and do something about it. We need to start stepping up!! Every person has the calling to know God and to make Him known. God uses us in different ways to accomplish this purpose. Use your passions to share Christ! Whether you love basketball, hunting, baking or thrifting…use those as an avenue to reach out to others. Bring them with you as you play basketball, hunt, bake or thrift.
Give Godly Counsel
Impart the wisdom God has given you to others – don’t just sit on it! However, we need to make sure that when we are advising others, we must take people to the word of God. Even Jesus took people right to Scripture to find answers.
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:25-27
Finally, to leave a godly legacy, we must make sure that we don’t miss the opportunities right in front us! Don’t get too busy to invest in people.