Recently, Malcolm and I were watching a documentary about the ancient pharaohs. Malcolm made a comment while watching the huge statues and monuments made to each pharaoh, "That just proves how they were not gods."
"What do you mean by that?" I asked
"Well, if they were really gods, they wouldn't have to work so hard to be remembered," he replied.
Wow! I was hit with the truth of this statement.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 NIV)
Since God is really the only true God, then He didn't and doesn't have to try hard to be remembered. Creation proves His existence, with His fingerprints covering His masterpieces. His Word has outlasted, outnumbered, and out-sold any other ancient and modern document in all of human history. When You're God and have created things all things to point to Yourself, You don't have to try hard to leave a legacy!
We, as humans, have a desire to be remembered and do something to outlive ourselves. As Christians, we have the capability to really make an eternal impact - the ultimate in legacy leaving!
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. (John 15:16 NIV)
God desires that we will bear fruit - but not for our own benefit. Bearing fruit may have personal benefits, but that's not the goal. The goal is for God's eternal legacy, not our own. We may be a piece in his plan, but the plan is not about us!
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for being God, for being the reason for why we bear fruit. Thank you for bearing fruit in us in the first place! Please show me how I am living my life for my own gain and for a legacy that I want to be about me. Please change my heart and mind for your glory!
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Leah works with Master Plan Ministries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Other than watching college students' lives change, she enjoys getting her mind blown by God and His Word, watching sci fi, baking cupcakes, and spending time with her hunky husband.
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