Focus: Receiving a legacy
Colossians 1:9-12 (NIV) We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.
Chances are, you may be in a tough spot right now. The word ‘legacy’ can seem intimidating if you are in a period of depression or trying to recover from dependency. You might be wondering how you will manage to ‘leave’ anything but debt—much less, a legacy. Well, we’re not going to worry about what you will leave behind, because that’s not the kind of legacy we’re referring to here. In God’s economy—there is no depression or lack. The Bible says, “But, my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
In God’s economy—there is always another chance. There is never a time when you’ve used up all your options and you’re just stuck. God is always able to make a way where there seems to be no way. He loves it when we are out of ideas and plans, because at that point—we seriously start looking to Him.
I love a good success story. You know the kind I mean. There’s this person who has nothing and nowhere to turn—they’re homeless, whatever. At the point of desperation, everything turns around. A miracle takes place and they get a whole new start. Well, those kind of things really do happen…with God.
If we look at the scripture above and take it apart, we can learn a lot. There are some key things to recognize that are simple, but profound.
To apply them, let’s imagine a person who has been reduced to nothing. No job, no home, no family, no phone, no pool, no pets—zip. The scripture above is actually a ‘blessing’, or a ‘prayer’. Let’s imagine it like a game show. The person with nothing just got called down to the front of the audience. The game show host says, “You have been chosen to receive a TWELVE PART LEGACY. This is a legacy with unimaginable potential and worth. As the recipient of the TWELVE PART LEGACY, from this time forward, you will:
Be continually growing with knowledge of God’s will
Receive wisdom from the Spirit of God on demand
Receive limitless understanding from the Spirit of God
Have the ability to always live a life worthy of the Lord
Be able to constantly act in ways that are pleasing to the Lord
Be filled with genuine love that inspires you to do good works
Attract others who you will be able to teach and disciple
Be amazingly strengthened with all power according to God’s glorious might
Have great endurance
Be remembered for having the ability to demonstrate patience no matter what
Be known as someone who is joyful and thankful about everything
Share a phenomenal inheritance as a qualified heir in the kingdom of light
People often think of the will of God in terms of what they think He wants us to do or how He wants us to live. What if we thought of His will like the legacy it really is? Doing the will of God leads to a legacy of eternal riches in glory. What is there to think about or contemplate? If eternal riches in glory are included as part of the reward for living God’s way—how would we not be jumping up and down and saying, “Pick ME, Pick ME! I want that!”
But, often when we are struggling emotionally, we get our eyes off the prize and forget we’re heirs of the kingdom of God. We aren’t living ‘expectantly’ as though great things are about to happen, so guess what? They don’t!
Keep remembering: faith is the substance of things hoped for—the evidence of things not seen. Start believing for a legacy to come from the wealth of experience you’ve had with your particular situation. There is gold in that! Look for the gold. Stop seeing your life as a series of unfortunate events. All of that stuff has happened to you for a reason. See it as a gift—a legacy. Don’t let it go down the drain as a waste. Cash it in for stock in the kingdom of God.
Declaration: I will find new strength by looking at my life as a legacy. I will see the good in what has happened to me. I will keep my eyes on the prize and see my experience as ‘gold’. I’m rich!
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