Legacy

Part 1

LEGACY Part 1 – Driven By Eternity

(Psalm 112:5-6) Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.

Legacy: Where my life lives on.

Giving to something that will outlive me.

Living so my life outlives me.

 

The 2-Question Test

(Romans 14:10-12) You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

 

What did you do with my Son Jesus?

(Revelation 20:11-12) Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

(Matthew 7:21-23) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 

What did you do with what I gave you?

(2 Corinthians 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

(Matthew 16:27) For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

 

Driven By Eternity

(Ecclesiastes 3:11) He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.

  1. I will intentionally give what I have.

(2 Corinthians 9:11) You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

  1. I will intentionally serve others.

(Matthew 20:26-28) Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

  1. I will intentionally share Christ.

(2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT) We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.

(Luke 14:23 LB) Go out into the country…and urge anyone you find to come in, so that My house will be full.

(Mark 16:15 NCV) Jesus said to His followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.”

 

Why?

(1 Timothy 6:17-19) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

There is more to this life than this life.

Part 2

LEGACY Part 2 – Treasures in Heaven

Treasures in Heaven

(1 Timothy 6:17-19) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

✔ Because Heaven, not earth, is my home.

(Philippians 3:18-20) Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

✔ Because the line is longer than the dot.

(Hebrews 11:14-16 MSG) People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home… They were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them.

 

✔ Because there’s limited time and incredible opportunity.

(Ephesians 5:15-16) Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

 

✔ Because it’s smart.

(Matthew 6:19-21 NLT) “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

 

Rich toward God

(Luke 12:16-21) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

 

  1. Give myself to God.

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

 

  1. Act like a steward, not an owner.

(Psalm 24:1) The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

 

  1. View everything through the lens of eternity.

(Hebrews 11:25-26) Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

 

  1. Be intentional.

(2 Corinthians 9:7 MSG) I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.

 

I will never miss what I invest in eternity.

Part 3

Legacy Part 3 - Making a difference in my world.

"God actually loves people".

Have you ever had that feeling that time is running out? Don't let your life become a dry place. Use every opportunity life offers. We are equipped to change someone's life forever. My gifts are for someone else. I need to be faithful with what is entrusted to me. While not every person can make a difference across the entire world, every person can make a difference in their world - that their world can grow bigger.

How can I make a difference in my world?

1 Chronicles 28:20-21 (NIV)

20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.

  • Enjoy the journey.
  • Dream – BIG. We can build malls and we call it expansion or progress but when church starts thinking in that direction...
  • Make every day a masterpiece for God. Every day is a new day.
  • Look yourself in the mirror or the person next to you.
  • Whatever you want in life give it away. Peace, love, joy, money...it will come back to you press down, shaken together, overflowing.
  • Enlarge your circle of love and serve your generation. Many people hurting and broken
  • Bucket list. I would like to see more people meet Jesus.
  • Learn to do what is unusual and God will do the extraordinary.
  • Changed thinking. Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies.
  • You need to have vision for the finish line. A man without vision will return to his past.

"It is not how you die that matters but how you lived" .

Part 4

Legacy  Part 4 – Treasures in Heaven

(Psalm 112:5-6) Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.

(Psalm 65:11 NLT) You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

 

  1. Pray.

(Matthew 9:37-38) Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

  1. Give.

(Proverbs 3:27-28 NLT) Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbour now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”

  1. Go.

(Romans 10:15) And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

A Legacy Life

  1. It takes faith.

We see it.

(Ephesians 2:19-22 Message) God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.

  1. It takes sacrifice.

We choose it.

(1 Peter 2:5) You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

  1. It takes generosity.

We give it.

(Psalm 112:9) They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honour.

  1. It takes urgency.

We do it today.

(Ephesians 5:15-16) Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Today I will live as if this is the day that will be remembered.