January 22, 2013
Do you want to live a blessed life?
Do you want to live a life that leaves a legacy?
I sure do!
But how is that possible???
In the words of Jesus, it means following the great commandment: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind soul and strength. And to love others as yourself.” (Mark 12: 29-31) And it means living the great commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:81-20)
But — what does that look like in your everyday life?
I think it boils down to these two things:
- Make love your foundation. First GOD, then OTHERS — and don’t overlook the fact that “OTHERS” includes YOU!
Now, I don’t mean loving yourself in a prideful or narcissistic way.
But – when God says, you are fearfully and wonderfully made – that means He wants you to discover the importance of your gifts, talents and life experience. He wants you to place value on those blessings. And there is no doubt, He wants you to use them to live the purpose you were designed and created to live!
- Make disciples. Every believer’s purpose includes sharing Jesus with others. But your work does not end with helping them come to know Jesus as Savior. You are to make disciples and that means teaching and modeling what it looks like to abide, follow and obey the Lord. A great way to do that can be found in the scriptures in 1 Chronicles 28 and 29 that I’ve been referring to these past few weeks. This powerful list of principles gives you God’s “check list” for what it means to leave a legacy of blessing and discipleship.
- Follow God’s commands (28:8)
- Know God personally (28:9)
- Serve God wholeheartedly (28:9)
- Seek God in all things (28:9)
- Complete God’s work as assigned (28:10)
- Trust God for your strength (28:10)
- Give to God willingly (29:9)
- Rejoice before God greatly (29:9)
Here’s an even easier way to look at this list – simply memorize these eight “action” words and use them as your plumb-line for personal assessment.
Follow – Know – Serve – Seek – Complete – Trust – Give – Rejoice.
Hmmmm…ready to accept the challenge?
How about taking these eight words and reviewing them at the end of each day and asking God how you’ve done when it comes to honoring Him in each of these ways?
I guarantee it has the power to change your life!