July 31 - Establishing A Legacy

By Clancy P. Hayes

Today's Scripture: 2 Chronicles 29:1–36

Central Thought: Your priorities will determine your legacy.

    A common desire of all people is to make an impact on others and to be remembered when they are gone. A notable example of this is politicians around the world who spend a great deal of their time trying to shape history in a manner that will reflect positively on their time in office.

    What will you leave behind as your legacy? Will you be remembered as a good family member, a faithful worker, or an outstanding church leader? All of these accomplishments are admirable, but they fall a bit short of the greatest legacy that is available to you. Your ultimate objective should be the same as that which was attained by Hezekiah: 'He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done” (2 Chronicles 29:2, NIV).

    Living righteously isn't always easy. Hezekiah had to go against the flow of the decisions of his predecessors by reestablishing holiness in the kingdom. He reopened the temple and reinstituted worship there.

Perhaps you have been distracted from your own spiritual commitment. It's not that you are living in sin, but you know your spiritual life is drifting. If that be the case, rekindle your relationship with God, and make Him the priority. It might require a shake-up in your life, but if you are willing to make pleasing God a top priority, you can be assured of a lasting legacy that will make a real difference.

Devotional Prayer: God, help me not to be satisfied with the good when I can have the best.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:1–36; Romans 14:1–23; Psalm 24:1–10; Proverbs 20:12