Focus: The legacy of the Word of God
John 15:7 (NKJV) (Jesus said) If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
If the place where you are living was on fire and you had only a minute or two to grab whatever you could carry and run outside, what would you take with you?
If you had lost everything, but were told you could have five things to help you build a new life—what would you ask for?
These are searching questions. Hopefully you won’t ever have to face such a situation in your life—but if you did—would the Bible be among the things you value most in your possessions? Would you consider the Bible as something vital to your survival?
Abraham Lincoln believed in the legacy of the Word of God. He said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”
The Bible truly is a great gift. It is still the best selling book of all time. Many people own several Bibles in different translations. Some people read the Bible regularly—others merely ‘own’ the book.
Psalm 19:7-11 says, ‘The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.”
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When you consider the things which have been handed down to you by your ancestors, you might have a sizable amount of worth in terms of material possessions—or you might not have anything to speak of.
A legacy that is available to all of us is the Bible. Many people would consider material wealth to be much more desirable than ‘a book’, but the Bible is a treasure of untold worth. You could read it from cover to cover and not be worth one penny more than before you laid eyes on the first page, but anyone who reads it with an open heart and a searching soul will find eternal life, and wisdom enough to live happily and peacefully on earth, as well.
Hardly anyone wants to live their life and not have it count for something. You might be living from day to day wondering what will become of you or what purpose there is in being alive. Jesus said if His Words would abide in you, you’d bear much fruit—in other words, you would be productive and there would be good results from your life.
If you’re wondering today about the meaning of life and whether it’s really worth living—I would ask you, how much of your time have you invested in the reading of God’s Word? Reading God’s Word is one of the most important investments you can make. You might be at a point where you have nothing to invest toward your future and you’re wondering how you will survive with your present funds. You might be in a position where from a financial standpoint, your life looks pretty hopeless.
The Bible doesn’t present a formula to obtaining material riches, but one important verse says, “I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his descendants begging bread (Psalm 37:25).”
Studying the Word of God will bless you and your descendants. It is a legacy. Reading its pages and applying the truths will build your faith and courage to face the future. You will grow stronger in every way.
Proverbs 4:20-22 says “…Give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.”
Will you be remembered as someone who highly valued the Word of God? Will your descendants receive the legacy of your faith and trust in God?
Declaration: I will see God’s Word as a legacy given to me by those who have fought to preserve it down through the ages of time. I will find new strength as I hide its words in my heart. I will be remembered for my faith in the Word of God.
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