Open Heaven 1 June 2023 – Life: Season 4
MEMORISE:Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgement, that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
BIBLE READING: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 “Hear, O Israel: [a]The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
We will be discussing the final season of a person’s life today. At this stage, you are asking, “What legacy am I going to leave behind if God calls me home today?” At this point, you are not thinking of what happens while you are still here on earth; all that you start pursuing is a great legacy for yourself.
When you read 2 Timothy 4:7 and then backtrack to two chapters before that, you would see what Paul was telling Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. He wanted to ensure that the things he stood for – his legacy, didn’t die with him.
There is no way you can create a legacy if you are not already known for something while still alive. Start pursuing a godly course that you know the Lord has given you a burden for. It’s a pity that only a few people ever get to this season in their lives. Many care only about what happens when they are on earth but the wise few care more about what will be said of them when they leave this world.
If you are amongst these wise few, your reputation would be more important to you than all the money in the world. Proverbs 22:1 says: A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
What would you like to be remembered for when you leave this world? Start pursuing it now. When you get to this season, you wouldn’t want anything to stain your name at all; instead, you would want to be remembered for greatness. You would spend time with your family members and loved ones.
There are people who pursued many things at the expense of their families only to later realise that the children they neglected were the only ones they could rely on to continue with their legacy. If you really want to have a great legacy, you must spend time pouring yourself into your children. You should live your life in such a way that when you leave this world, they will have great things to say about you.
REFLECTION: Are you where God expects you to be at this stage of your life?.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Job 21-24
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – Life: Season 5 – written by Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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Open Heaven1 June 2023