Robert Hudson, Pastor, Littleby Baptist Church
A Legacy is not defined by what we do just before we die, what we put in our will, or a couple acts of kindness. Our Legacy is defined by God working in our lives to touch others.
“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 By these he has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, 6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, 7 godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:3-8
We have been given everything we need to leave a Godly Legacy and it starts with Faith.
Verse 8 states, ‘if you possess these qualities in increasing measure’, leaving a Godly Legacy is not about an occasional act of generosity, it is built by a lifetime of walking with God. Faith, Goodness, Knowledge, Self-Control, Endurance, Godliness, Brotherly Affection, and Love each grow as we walk each day with our Lord and Savior Jesus.
It starts with Faith that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, that His Word is true, and that God will work in you and through you.
Faith turns to Goodness which reflects how a life is lived. A lifetime of choices, of walking with God, of Loving Others and Goodness will abound.
After Goodness is Knowledge which comes from a lifetime of learning. For example, when a person finishes high school, they still have a lot to learn. Whether it is through going to college, learning a trade, working, reading, or simply life… everyone grows in Knowledge. If we are choosing to follow Jesus and walk with Him, we will grow in Knowledge.
With growing in Knowledge of the Word of God and how God works in our lives, the stronger we become, and our Self-Control grows. It is Self-Control that help us to resist temptations, to focus on God even in the storms of life, and to choose God each day.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.