Leaving a Legacy of Faith

Each one of us will eventually face death and while many are uncertain about what lies beyond the grave, the Christian knows for a certainty that heaven awaits them. This knowledge gives us confidence to face mortality and say, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1Cor. 15:55) For we know our Lord “has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2Tim. 1:10).

Scripture tells us:

“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8)

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17)

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)

We can also find comfort in the testimonies of those who have passed on to glory. Christian history is full of examples of common men and women who made a difference while on this earth and who helped to advance God’s kingdom by living lives devoted to Jesus Christ.

Recently I came across this devotional from “In the Gates” by Rev. T.M. Moore called “Honor our Forebears – The Fifth Commandment,” which gives greater insight into the meaning of “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12):

“There is an appalling level of ignorance, indifference, and even outright scorn for our Christian forebears among members of the Body of Christ today. Too many indulge a studied neglect of the history of God’s people, and have no interest in the lessons they might learn from those whose faithfulness has made their own faith possible. But surely the fifth commandment entails that we should honor our forebears in the faith. Our attitude should be that of the psalmist: “As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the holy ones, in whom is all my delight” (Ps. 16.3). The faithful of the Lord who have gone before us have much to teach us about serving Him and gaining the blessing of His promises. As we improve our practice of the fifth commandment, let us not forget to honor our parents in the faith from days gone by.”

Will you be leaving a legacy of faith to bless others when your course on earth is finished?

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