Leaving Behind a Legacy
Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 32-34; 1 Corinthians 2
Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 34:1-12
In today’s key passage, we read about the death of Moses and the end of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). Moses only spent 120 years on this earth thousands of years ago, yet he is still widely known today and will forever be listed as the greatest prophet Israel had ever known. Moses led the nation of Israel out of the slavery in Egypt. He led them through the desert for 40 years. He led them to the very edge of the Promised Land. Even though he was not permitted to enter the land God had promised to the Israelites, he was able to prepare them for the battles that would come upon their entry. Moses left behind a legacy. Moses was not born of greatness. He was not born a leader. By his own admission, he was just a simple shepherd who was “slow of speech”, but he still left behind a legacy that transcends time. He built that legacy not through his own power or his own works, but through the power of God.
As most of us get older, we begin to wonder what our legacy will be. Will we even leave one? Will we be remembered on this earth? Many times, people try to build their legacy by taking all the wrong steps. Some people think that if they work hard enough at their jobs they will build a lasting legacy. Others believe that if they make enough money or own enough “stuff” they will leave a lasting legacy. The sad truth for these people is that all of those things are temporary. The only way to leave a lasting legacy is through the power of God. It is by God working through us that we are able to build a legacy that truly transcends time. It is by the power of God that we are able to touch other people’s hearts so deeply that we will forever be remembered. That, my friends, is a true legacy. At the end of your life, you will not be remembered for the job you did, the money you made, or the things you owned. You will be remembered for how you touched other people’s lives. When you lead someone to Christ, you build a lasting legacy. When you serve others, you build a lasting legacy. When you truly love others more than you love yourself, you build a lasting legacy. Most importantly, when you love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind, you build a lasting legacy. God gives us the power and the ability to love others unconditionally, and He is the only true source for building a legacy that will last in the hearts and minds of others forever. Press into Him daily. Strive to put Him first in everything you do. Pray for the power to reflect the perfect love He has for you onto others. Then, like Moses, you can be sure that you will leave behind a true legacy.
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Posted on March 17, 2013, in 05 - Deuteronomy and tagged Bible, Book of Deuteronomy, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Egypt, Evangelism, God, Godly Living, Israel, Israelite, Jesus, Moses, Religion, Salvation, Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.