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God can take your faithfulness and begin a spiritual legacy. (1) 

The list of saints who have impacted my life is long.

    • Earl remained joyous despite being bed ridden for 15 years.
    • Kitty encouraged others despite a 20 year battle with cancer.
    • David never used his war injuries as an excuse.
    • Pat never wanted others to know who gave the money to help those in need.
    • Cullen understood that God’s Call did not necessitate proficiency in Hebrew.
    • Art understood high school boys did dumb things and that grace was often the best discipline.
    • Hope taught me to hold my counsel until God gave me a Word.
    • Ben taught me to help others rather than worry about being repaid.
    • Jason’s music lifted my soul when it could go no lower.

These are but a few of the saints who have been Abraham to me.  God has used them to be a blessing to the nations and to me.

I have been in ministry 30+ years.  Rarely have I ever thought about my spiritual legacy.  To do so would destroy it.

Do not worry about your legacy.  Instead focus on your faithfulness.  God will do the rest.  God in His grace will use you and me to make a difference in the lives of others.  

The Lord said to Abraham, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing to the nations.” (2)

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  1. Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01). Experiencing God Day By Day (Kindle Locations 2543-2544). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
  2. Genesis 12:2.
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The Word of the Lord tried him! (1)

Living on the promises of God is trying, especially when we have to wait years and decades for God to fulfill His promises.

Living in faithful obedience to God’s way is trying because the world wants us to fail this test.

Anyone who says, “Being a Christian is an easy escape from reality” has never tried living the Christian life.  I have found that choosing to be a faithful Christian is to choose the most difficult road to travel in life.

The world wants Christians to be nice, rather than faithful.  Niceness is defined by C. S. Lewis as having a “wholesome, integrated personality … a better man of the old kind.”  (2)

In contrast, God wants us to be a different person, to live His way, a way which much of the world despises.  This is why we will find God’s Word to be trying.

It does not bother me that the world expects less of me than God does.  What bothers me is when the Church expects less of us than God does. 

The Church is under constant pressure to make being a Christian an easy, nice, and comforting experience.  This may be why so many Christians whine when they endure inconvenience or minor sacrifices or discomfort.

Richard Blackaby warns:

Don’t ever try to ease the discomfort of someone whom the Holy Spirit is making uncomfortable! (3)

There is value in being tried by God’s Word.

Ask God to test you today.

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  1. Psalm 105:19 (King James version)
  2. Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 145). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
  3. Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01). Experiencing God Day By Day (p. 138). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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