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Live A Legacy

Last weekend, I had the privilege of meeting Aaron Johnson.  He is an African-American born in segregated North Carolina in 1933.  His 77 years on this earth have been filled with many trials, perseverance and accomplishments in the area of civil rights.  His story can be read in the new book “Man From Macedonia”.

He sat with a group of us on Saturday night to visit.  We were able to listen to a preview chapter of the audio version of his book  which is soon to be released.  After that treat, he answered some of the questions we had pertaining to the world he grew up in and comparing them to the world we are living in today.  During the conversations, he made a comment that really stuck with me.  He said, “If you don’t have anything worth dying for, you don’t have anything worth living for”.  He also spoke during our church service on Sunday, giving us all the charge to “Leave this world in better condition than you found it.  Or at the very least, don’t leave it any worse”.  It sounds like a simple request, but in this “on the go” age, do we really take the time today or in retrospect to make sure we are doing just that?  Do you have the time in your life to take up a cause that is as big as Civil Rights?  I don’t know that I do, but I am glad that others can.  Does that mean that I don’t have time for a cause or have no “purpose” in life?  According to Aaron (and I agree), the answer is “no”.  If you have children, don’t they deserve good parents who will teach them?  If you are a child, do you take care of your parents?  If you are married, does not your spouse need someone to love them and meet their needs?  If you are a Christian today because someone shared the gospel with you, have you returned the favor and shared the gospel with someone else?  Causes and purpose come in all shapes and sizes.  Some, like parenting and marriage are even responsibilities and not options, though they are sometimes treated that way.  In fact, responding to ANY injustice or lifting up the downtrodden is the responsibility of all Christians and should be for even non-Christians.  We are called to make a difference in our lifetime.  In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God has prepared something for you to do in your lifetime.  Not only has he prepared it, but he gave you the talents to do it (Psalm 139:13-14) and also a helper to accomplish it (John 17:12-15). 

 God has set us up for great accomplishments in our lives, but we must agree to do it.  It is hard to believe that we have the power to thwart the Great Creator, but in this situation we do.  We can simply say to God, “No, I wish to only serve my desires”, and it will be done.  According to Jesus, many will choose this path, but he declares a downside.  In Matthew 6:2 Jesus admonishes us, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” 

He then asks the question in Matthew 6:26, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” 

 Make the decision with me today to “Live a Legacy”.  Not one that men will revere, but the one that God has purposed for you.  If you are not sure what it is yet, start with the simple ones like being the best parent, child, spouse, witness, etc. that you can be.  Then spend time in prayer asking God to reveal his purpose to you.  But I warn you, it may not be what you have in mind, but I guarantee that it will be a grand adventure.

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