Saturday, June 22

Legacy

Scripture: 2 Kings 8-9, 2 Chronicles 21, 1 Timothy 4

Observation/application

2 Chronicles 21:20 Jehoram passed away, to no one’s regret…

What a terrible legacy!  Jehoram inherited the kingdom from his father and immediately killed all his brothers, who were all better men than him.  He reigned only 8 years, and it was a disaster.  He died to no one’s regret.  

I don’t think anyone wants that kind of legacy.  How can we leave a positive legacy?  Contrast Jehoram’s legacy with this advice to Timothy:

1 Timothy 4:7–8 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Spiritual discipline or training will make us godly, something that has value in this life and the life to come.  

We don’t automatically become physically fit—we have to train.  We don’t automatically become great athletes or skilled musicians—we have to train.  (At the NBA draft this week, every young athlete who was interviewed talked about how hard they worked to get to this point.) 

In the same way, we don’t automatically become more like Jesus—we do it by spiritual training.  And becoming more like Jesus leaves a powerful legacy that lasts not just in this life, but in the life to come.

Prayer: Lord, help me to train to become like Jesus, and leave behind a legacy that lasts forever.