Many of you who read my blog regularly are from way back when I first started in 2012. No matter how many edits I make or how much my content evolves, the fact remains that you all love when I get personal. I’ve been posting a lot of sponsored content lately and honestly that gets boring. It also takes the fun out of blogging when your posts have to meet so many requirements before you’re able to release it.
Here’s the backstory to this post. I’ve been growing in my faith A LOT for about two years now, following my decision to rededicate my life to Christ when I joined Shady Grove Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. I ended up moving back to Jackson and after floating around at different churches, I became involved with CityHeart – best decision ever! I’ve grown so much with my church family and as I continue to grow, I have to kick things up a notch.
With that said, I’m going to be sharing my sermon notes from services that I attend here on my blog. These notes just aren’t to fill empty spaces on my editorial calendar, they’re my way of sharing what I believe with you and holding myself accountable at the same time.
Pastor Kevin is in the middle of a new series called “Legacy” and it’s really been driving home some of the thoughts and desires I have. If you’re interested in reading notes from this past Sunday’s message and my take on it, keep reading! (P.S. – I also have a downloadable worksheet that you can print and use!)
Let’s get into it!
Here are the scriptures that were referenced:
For starters, a legacy is something handed down by a predecessor. Most of us think of legacies in terms of our accomplishments and what we’ve gained throughout our lifetime that will benefit our children, families and communities. I think that’s accurate but Pastor Kevin takes it further and suggests that faith is a legacy that can be handed down.
When I first heard that, I was like huh??
Not only did he suggest that faith was a legacy, he also suggested that it is the greatest legacy we could leave.
Everything that we do today will affect our tomorrow. I’m learning this lesson in a totally new way now that I’m a mother. Of course I knew it and believed it, but I didn’t think about it on the most basic level. You can change the course of your morning by making certain preparations the previous night. For example, I know that Marley will wake up and scream for his bottle between 5-6 AM every morning. If I want his feeding to go smoothly and for him to drift back to sleep once he’s done, I have to have it ready. He’s formula-fed at the moment and you can’t prepare the actual bottle too far in advance because it will spoil before the baby is ready for it. I make sure that before I go to sleep, he has a bottle filled with his nursery water on the nightstand along with his formula already measured and ready to be mixed. When I don’t take that extra five minutes to prepare, I always regret it.
If five minutes can make the difference between waking up peacefully or being startled by screams that make it harder to recover from, imagine what consistent preparation could do for our lives? The regret I feel from not preparing his bottle as much as I can in advance leads to stress and irritation that I sometimes take out on those around me. If something so small and seemingly insignificant can affect my emotions, I know that feeling regret about my legacy (or lack thereof) will be painful.
Legacy is instilled, impressed and marked through consistent leadership. When done “right,” our legacies mimic the faithfulness that God has exhibited in our lives. God faithfully and consistently protects, provides, guides and influences us. This is what we should demonstrate to those set up to come after us. All that we are is because of who God is to us. If faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1) then our legacies are perfect opportunities to make faith more than just “hope.” In my opinion, our legacies are faith in action because its based on the life we lead. When we pass down wealth or businesses or opportunity, we’re passing down faith. The people who come after us will be able to say that they lack nothing because everything they could ever need can be found in God. They’ll also be able to say that goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their life and they will dwell in the house of The Lord forever.
Pastor Kevin left us with a few questions:
What does your leadership look like? In order to be a great leader, you have to be a great follower. Leadership isn’t always about being the only voice. Sometimes it’s listening. Pastor Kevin gave us one of my favorite examples to give others – the Crucifixion. Do you really think Jesus wanted to die on the cross? He followed God and I’m so thankful for that because its the very reason we have a shot at eternal life. If Jesus followed God, then you can (and should) too. You won’t be the best and greatest leader you can be if you don’t choose to fully follow God. Don’t you want to be the best?
What are you really handing down? (That one might hurt a little if you aren’t living or leading up to your full potential…but it’s great because if you answer honestly, you can change everything!) This is where accountability comes in. You have to accept responsibility for your decisions and actions. If you don’t, you can’t adjust. If you can’t adjust, you can’t survive. If you can’t survive, you can’t leave anything. Your children, family and community deserve more than that.
What is it that you have to sow now into your own legacy so that those who come after you will be able to reap your faith? And for you to reap God’s legacy? If the answer to your previous question was one that doesn’t sit well with you, you can change that.
To learn more about my church, connect with us on Instagram @cityheartjxn or Facebook @cityheartjxn. You can also visit our website by clicking here. We love visitors so feel free to come and worship with us on Sundays at 10 AM. More info can be found on our social sites.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this message. A lot of this was my own interpretation so I encourage you to check out the scriptures on your own so you can receive the specific message God wants you to receive. After you do that, come back here so we can talk about it!