January 16, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 11:10-12:9

There was a song that was popular several years ago that had these lyrics:

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses

Let us run the race not only for the prize

But as those who’ve gone before us

Let us leave to those behind us

The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone

And our children sift through all we’ve left behind

May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover

Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

May the fire of our devotion light their way

May the footprints that we leave

Lead them to believe

And the lives we live inspire them to obey

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

Our reading today is all about heritage – what we leave behind for those who follow us.  Chapter 11 lists family name after family name and shows us just how quickly life passes us by.  Our life is a blip on the screen of eternity.

God’s promise to Abram in chapter 12 is about heritage too…

And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you… (v.2) … And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. (v.3b)

So much hinges on obedience.  Because of Abram’s obedience to the Lord, in the midst of many unanswered questions – God blessed him and his descendants in unreal ways.  Even us!  

We teach those who come behind us tomorrow by what we do today.  Gutsy faith moves – consistent little things – living out what we believe.

What do you need to think about and even act on today to leave a godly heritage to those who come behind you?

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

6 thoughts on “January 16, 2016”

  1. Thanks for this one, Tim. It’s a powerful thought to imagine what kind of mark I’m making in the one life I get, and aiming to leave a legacy hereafter. I love when Abram makes an altar in response to God’s promised blessing. God says he will bless; Abram responds showing commitment and worship. I want to be committed like this. That way I’ll have made a dent in this world for God and my descendants will follow in the same faithfulness.

  2. Ditto to all Taylor said above! Truly praying that the verse “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” is true for generations upon generations. It is the best gift we can leave those who come after us!!

  3. Wonderful and challenging devotional today. Thank you, Pastor Tim.

    Thinking on faithfulness in prayer, thanks to Andrew Murray’s devotional thoughts on Lu. 11:5-8.

    “To pray only for ourselves is a mark of failure in prayer. It is in intercession for others that our faith and love and perseverance will be stirred up and the power of the Spirit will be found to equip us for bringing salvation to the lost. How can we become more faithful and successful in prayer? See in the parable of the friend at midnight how the Master teaches us that intercession for the needy is the highest exercise of believing and prevailing prayer. Here are the elements of true intercession:

    Urgent need. If we are to learn to pray as we should, we must open our eyes and heart to the needs around us.
    Willing love. It is the very nature of love to give up and forget itself for the sake of others.
    The sense of powerlessness. “I have nothing to set before him.”
    Faith in prayer. What the man himself doesn’t have, another can supply. To get from God and then give to others what we ourselves receive from day to day is the secret of successful ministry. Intercession is the link between our powerlessness and God’s omnipotence.

  4. I love God’s call to Abram. It’s the beginning of his plan to redeem the nations. Verse 3 says “all the families on earth will be blessed through you.” think about it: we, as spiritual children of Abraham, get to be a part of God’s plan to spread the gospel to the nations! Amazing! What’s your role? How are you going to leave a godly legacy for the next generation through that role?

  5. I think my favorite part is when God tells Abram to take his family and go to the land that He will show Him. I remember reading this is Experiencing God; God doesn’t lay out where He is going to take you, what you are going to do, who you’ll meet, what you’ll learn…that’s where faith comes in. It shows how God is acting actively in our lives because, while He is the past, present, and future, He is standing right next as we act in obedience. Quite a challenge to me especially lately.

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