Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.1-7
2 Samuel 23.1-7
Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, the man who was raised on high declares, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, "The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue. "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, who rules in the fear of God, Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through sunshine after rain.' "Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, ordered in all things, and secured; for all my salvation and all my desire, will He not indeed make it grow? "But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns, because they cannot be taken in hand; But the man who touches them must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they will be completely burned with fire in their place."
When we look at this passage, we are seeing the last recorded words of King David. These words speak of his desire to live a life pleasing to the Lord; in short, David lived a life in service to God. That was his legacy. Though David was by no means perfect, he sought to serve the Lord Most High.
I would suppose that when most of us hear the word “legacy”, we would perhaps think of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You know … where all the past celebrities have their handprints set in concrete on the sidewalk. Those handprints represent significant accomplishment in the film industry. Hmm … maybe that’s not my sort of legacy. Perhaps, though, there is a different kind of legacy possible for each of us.
I realize that for some of you reading this, it may seem strange to talk about the concept of legacy. Many, young in life, choose to not think that far ahead, and certainly not about the end of their lives. I guess that may be, but it is still valid nonetheless. The writer of the book of Hebrews reminds us of this: We each have an appointment at some time with our own death, and there is to be judgment following (Heb 9.27).
So, the question then is still important. How do we want to be remembered? We each have a responsibility to not only BE Christ following disciples, but also to MAKE other disciples to follow on along the same path. Is that something we are doing? Is it important to us? I realize that these are tough questions, but our own personal legacies ARE important.
One of my favorite biblical legacies is spoken of by the Apostle Paul. In Romans 16.10, Paul speaks of a man known as Apelles, who had been tested and approved for his faithfulness to Christ Jesus. Wow! That’s the kind of legacy I want. Faithfulness is important. Pursue faithfulness to Christ. Remain faithful.
None of us are perfect … just like Kind David. We too, however, can build a legacy of tirelessly being Christ followers. Be at peace.
Weekly Memory Verse: Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23.6