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Passing on Your Legacy

Growing up a sports fan, I can remember the first sport I remember following was baseball. I never had a favorite team but i can remember some of the great players from my childhood. Players like Nolan Ryan, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwymn, and many others. I can remember great teams like the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, and the Atlanta Braves. I can also remember hearing of the “cursed” teams – the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. 

Recently I had the opportunity to visit one of the historic fields in baseball – Wrigley Field. I remember watching in the summer of 2016 when the Cubs finally broke their curse and won the World Series. After over 70 years between World Series appearances and almost 100 years between World Series wins, the Cubs fans had great reason to celebrate. As I sat in the left field seats, I looked around and surveyed father’s and son’s attending the game. It brought to mind the idea of legacy. Until 2016, the Cubs’ legacy was defined as a team of “lovable losers.” Time and time again they had come close to achieving the ultimate pinnacle in baseball only to fall short. Cubs’ fans had watched year after year and held out hope that their team would finally win it all. Fans passed on their legacy of being a Cubs fan to their children and their children after them of their never dying love for their team. Through thick and thin, Cubs fans never left their team even in spite of them never achieving the ultimate goal. But there was always hope. There was always next season when the Cubs would have a chance again.

Legacy is something that followers of Christ should be aware of in their daily lives. We are living in the legacy of those that have gone before us. Men and women who were willing to do whatever it took to share the gospel with others. Hebrews 11 talks about those men and women who set the example for us to follow. They defined their legacy through the lives that they lived. The walked by faith believing that God would take care of them in spite of what was happening around them. Some survived the difficulties of life, some did not. Then the writer of Hebrews says this at the beginning of chapter 12:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

What kind of legacy are you leaving for those that follow after you? I know that I should be spending more time thinking about the legacy I am leaving for other Christians to follow — the decisions I make, the paths I choose, the things I invest me time in. We have to take control of our legacy. We should be fully invested in what our lives will say to those that come after us. Choose today to begin investing into your present walk with Christ which will in turn invest in those that follow after you.



NEW THRU 30 STUDY GUIDE – WEEK 4

WEEK 4 (JANUARY 28 THRU FEBRUARY 3)
 
Weekly Thought:
 
Often when we’re reading the Scriptures we can get very caught up focusing on what the Scriptures are telling us to do, or we’re trying to find answers to our questions. During this week, take the opportunity to focus on what the Scriptures are saying about God. In John, Jesus is described as a reigning king with authority and power and in Revelation you will see that Jesus is the Beginning and the end of all things.
 
Daily Key Verses:
 
Day 1 – John 3:16-17
Day 2 – John 11:25-26
Day 3 – 1 John 1:5-7
Day 4 – Revelation 2:7
Day 5 – Revelation 22:12-13
 


NEW THRU 30 STUDY GUIDE – WEEK 3

WEEK 3 (JANUARY 21 THRU JANUARY 27)
 
Weekly Thought:
 
Luke 7:50 — Your faith has saved you. The Gospels are a testimony of the “new way” of faith rather than works. Every other religion in the world requires you to earn favor with God except Christianity. Jesus loves us and forgives us because of our belief in Him and through His grace — this is truly good news! Obviously, this theme is highlighted in the Gospel of Luke but look for the same truth in each of the Epistles this week. The entire Bible is ultimately a testimony about Christ.
 
Daily Key Verses:
 
Day 1 – Luke 7:44-50
Day 2 – Luke 15:20-24
Day 3 – Philippians 3:8-15
Day 4 – Hebrews 11:1-3
Day 5 – 1 Timothy 6:11-12
 



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