This week we are reading from Deuteronomy 31:6-8, 23 and Joshua 1:1-9.
As we are exploring the theme of legacy building, one thing that keeps resonating is that legacy has more than ‘me’ in mind. In other words, not self-centred. When I think of the people I consider to be living or had lived a life that inspires me to make a difference, they seem to be ‘others-driven’. It is not about making a name for themselves or making a difference just in their lives.
I realise that our lives are linked to people in one capacity or the other. Some observe you from afar, some are close to you and others you may never know about or meet whilst on earth – but hopefully in heaven. The point is, we are created to make a difference around us (see week 1 February post) and must understand that how we choose to live our lives today is impacting someone positively or negatively
The course of our lives has already been marked out by the One who created us in His likeness to do the good works he already prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10). With this task is the promise of God’s presence and helping hand.
In our reading, we meet Joshua, an assistant to Moses whose task was to lead the Israelites to the promised land after Moses died. Worth reading the story about the Israelites exodus from Egypt if you have never read it before.
We see Joshua was instructed on multiple occasions to be strong and courageous for this God-given assignment as encouragement (Deuteronomy 1:38, 3:28) and reassurance that the Lord was with him (Joshua 1:9). Joshua embraced the legacy left by Moses and obeyed the Lord’s instructions along the way. At the end of the book of Joshua, we get a feel of the difference his life made that far outlived him:
‘Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel’ Joshua 24:31.
I am left with the question, what will the last chapter about my life read?
In conclusion, here are 3 ways to remain courageous in legacy building:
- Know the Lord is with you and will never forsake you so do not fear or be discouraged. Do not give up.
- He who has called you is faithful (1 Thessalonians 5:24) and will complete the good work He has started in you (Philippians 1:6).
- The Lord has equipped you with what you need to build legacy (Hebrews 13:21 Amp) so you can depend on Him.
I pray that as you say yes to Jesus and partner with Him, you will receive the strength and courage to do that which He has called you to do and cause it to prosper. Amen.
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