How easily, these days, we discard anything from the past. We rewrite it to suit what we want others to believe. We sequester what doesn’t fit our comfort. We call outdated that which is timeless.
We do it with people, history, science – and the Bible. But because we say something isn’t so, or is so, doesn’t make it true. All it does is show us for the foolish selves we are. “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” (1Corinthians 1:27 NLT)
Reading an old hymn written one hundred ninety-four years ago, I saw a timeless truth that gives great comfort to all generations who read it. Each verse building on the next and culminating with “faith to sight, prayer to praise”. Someday faith will be replaced with sight never again obscured. And prayer will be done, replaced with praise for all He has done and will do.
A new grandson was born just a couple days ago – we prayed long before his debut that he would come to know Jesus as Lord & Savior. From my perspective life is short, from that of child it seems like he has forever.
One great thing (among many) about being a grandmother, is that my grandchildren think I know more than their parents. Smile. But what I know isn’t what I want to pass on to them. Who I know – that’s what I want to pass on. “Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His” (Psalm 100:3 NIV)
If I pass on the accumulation of all I’ve learned about education, work, talents, skills – I will leave them nothing worthwhile. But if I pass on to them wisdom from the Wisdom Giver, they will be rich. Because the hope that I have becomes theirs, then their children’s, and on through however many generations are left until Jesus returns.
Want to live forever? Only one way, know Jesus as Savior. Want future generations to know you? Only one way, share Jesus with them now. A timeless legacy.
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