Tuesday, February 02, 2016

February 2, 2016: A Legacy of Christlikeness

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 33 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of three friends, Clay Crosse, Bob Carlyle, and Bebe Wynans, singing their powerful song … I Will Follow Christ, declaring what should be the legacy of all Christians … to follow in the footsteps and live after the model of our Savior.

Highlight Passage: 2nd Chronicles 4:20 [NKJV] … 20 He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Jerusalem eight years and, to no one’s sorrow, departed. However they buried him in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. 
 … Note how this evil king departed the world - “to no one’s sorrow” … the legacy of evil.
Highlight Context – 2nd Chronicles 21:4-20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… The legacy of evil is to be forgotten.
Reference Passage #1 - Mark 10:45 [NKJV] … 
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” 
… Jesus told His disciples of what a legacy of service is all about. And that should be our legacy of Christlikeness.

Reference Passage #2 - John 3: 16-17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… The legacy of Christ’s love unfolded as an example of what is to be our legacy.

Reference Passage #3 - Ephesians 4:1-3 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Paul helps Christians cement a legacy in Christ by living lives worthy of His Name.

Reference Passage #4 - Philippians 2:5-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Christ’s legacy was one of surrender to His Father, humility in life, and service to mankind, even unto the cross. Should that not be our legacy as Christians (see Luke 9:23)?

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, the Tim Gustafson, tells of the legacy of fellow Christian. He wrote: When a road-construction foreman was killed in an accident, the love of this man for his family, co-workers, and community resulted in an overwhelming sense of loss. His country church couldn’t accommodate all the mourners, so planners moved the service to a much larger building. Friends and family packed the auditorium! The message was clear: Tim touched many lives in a way uniquely his. So many would miss his kindness, sense of humor, and enthusiasm for life.

 What’s our legacy as Christians? And to explore this question, the ODB author for today went back to the legacy of evil left by the Israelite King Jehoram (see the 2nd Chron. 21passage linked above). And as you read in that passage, because of his anti-God life, … when he died, no one mourned … as did those did for the road construction foreman, Tim Gustafson wrote about above.

 Again I ask, what is to be our legacy as Christians? And I think if one takes in the linked song above, and lives for a legacy of Christlikeness, as the Scriptures above point us, we will die and be welcomed into Glory with our Savior’s greeting, … “Well done, My good and faithful servant!” 

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Help my legacy be walking with You, Lord! Amen

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