Closing the Gap 2.16.18

By February 16, 2018Daily Devotional

Week 6 Day 5

Pray:

Ask God to reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.

Read:

Hebrews 11:11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Reflect:

Many are concerned with legacy.  How will they be remembered?  What will happen to their life’s work?  King Solomon was concerned with this as well.  He feared that all he worked for might be left to a son who proved to be a fool.  Solomon’s fears were well-founded: his son did prove to be a fool and split the kingdom in two.  Legacy is the name of a national obituary service.  You can read about people from around the nation who have died.  You can read their life story in a couple of paragraphs.  You can see what they thought to be important.  Or at least you can see what others thought they thought was important.  Why would anyone care about legacy?  They will be gone, what difference does it make?  Certainly, some do not care, but most do.  Humans care for legacy because God designed them for impact.  People know that if what they accomplish does not outlive them, then ultimately it has no lasting meaning.  This is why some who do not have a gospel faith give their lives to “saving the planet” or worry about the “survival of the human race.”  To save a planet seems like something worth giving a single life for.  To save an entire race from extinction, well, that is worth something.  But what if the planet is not destined to survive?  Or what if it does and the planet is just a rock hanging in space, not designed…a pale blue dot in space, a product of mere chance? What difference does it make whether it is saved or not?  Meaning comes from God.  The universe, the planet, the human race have been made by God for God.  The legacy that matters is to hear from him about your life, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Abraham looked to a legacy that extended far beyond his own earthly life.  He would only live to see the very beginning of the fulfillment of the promise.  The rest he could see by faith alone.  Be concerned with legacy, one that extends beyond your own life to the ends of the earth to the end of time…and beyond.  But that legacy is not about you; it is about God.  Live faithfully today, trusting in the faithful God to bring himself glory and others good from your life.  Close the gap on faith and love today.  Live for the glory of God and for the good of others.  Pursue a legacy that is about him.

Pray:

(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)

Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today.

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