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Sunday, January 28, 2007
Legacy

I looked up the word legacy in the dictionary this morning. One of the meanings is “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.” I have been thinking about legacies since working on my Bible Study the other day. It was the story of Cain and Abel – the familiar story of envy and murder. The emphasis in the study was on Cain’s rejection of God’s offer of forgiveness and the affect it had on his descendants.

After the Lord rejected Cain’s offering He said “…Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:6-7) Rather than accept God’s offer of forgiveness Cain decided to kill his brother.

After being confronted by God with what he had done and receiving the punishment, the Bible tells us, “Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord…” The author of my Bible Study commenting on this said, “When Cain ‘went out from the presence of the Lord’, he also left any worship of the Lord or any acknowledgement of the Lord in his daily life….When we look at the names of the children born in Cain’s line, we also discover a self-seeking, self-initiated society.” (From “Praying God’s Way by Rick Shepherd) Cain left a legacy of godlessness to his future generations. One of his descendants, Lamech, was guilty of killing two people.

There was another son born to Adam and Eve, and his name was Seth. The Bible says of Seth, “And to Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.” (Genesis 4:26) Seth chose to follow the Lord and established a far different legacy than that of Cain. Among his descendants we find Enoch – “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24) - and Noah. Seth is mentioned again in the New Testament. His name appears in the genealogy of the Son of Man in Luke 3:38. All the way from Seth to the very Son of God the wonderful legacy was handed down.

In my own family, the legacy began with my Grandmother. My Grandfather became very disillusioned with the church they were attending and just stopped attending. My Grandmother found a little church where they spoke Italian, and she felt at home. My mother and father began to attend that church after they were married, and it was there that they met a woman who shared the message of salvation with them. They were both saved and the legacy began.

It has been handed down from generation to generation. They have had the joy of seeing their great grandchildren come to know the Lord. Not every family member has chosen the same path. Some have begun well and then for one reason or another walked away. Some have rejected the legacy outright. We pray that they will find their way back. But for the most part, the family has embraced this precious legacy. It is a priceless gift from the hand of a loving Father.

It is a wonderful miracle of love, I think, that this legacy can begin no matter what our past has been. We are not all privileged to have this legacy handed down to us, but we have the amazing privilege to be the ones who establish it and then pass it on to our children and their children. Cain could have chosen forgiveness and drawn close to the Lord. How different the legacy would have been if he had. Seth made the better choice to follow the Lord, and he and his descendants were woven into God’s plan to save a lost and dying world. We’ve been given that choice as well. The wonder is, it is never too late to begin.

Blessings,
Linda
 
  posted at 12:52 PM
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14 Comments:
At 1:46 PM, Blogger MugwumpMom said...

Beautiful! A wonderful legacy indeed, and all from one praying grandmother. My great mother was our praying one, and because of her, most in my mother's generation, mine and our children's generation, are believers.

Thank you for your comments on mine. My prayer is that you will indeed see God's miraculous healing power in the life of whomever needs it in your family.

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Legacies are certainly a wonderful thing to pass on, no matter what it is. Beautiful well written post dear Linda!! Hugs xoxo

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

Linda, this is a really beautiful, thoughtful post. I loved your last line: It's never too late to begin. What hope that brings to all of us!

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

Your last line says it all..it is never too late to begin. And thus, i wake up every morning and say it is a NEW DAY and start fresh.

Thank you Lord for new beginnings.

Great post as usual Mrs. Linda!

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Barb said...

You know, Linda, I really believe this one thing. I believe that once the Lord grabs you, even if you stray and walk away, sooner or later, he'll grab you again. I've seen it happen over and over again in my own extended family.

Beautiful post. Beautiful.

 
At 8:30 PM, Blogger Gail said...

I am one of those to break satins hold on my family. I was 33 when I got saved, 3 of my 4 children know the Lord, my husband is real close
I just keep standing on the promises of Gods word, Acts 16:31
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved, and thy house. Great post.

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Linda,
This post certainly ties in with the daffodil email doesn't it?
I love the thought that it's "never to late for us to begin"
hugs!

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger Peach said...

I loved this post, Linda. Thank you for sharing what's on your heart.

Thanks, too, for your sweet comment at my site. I always love hearing from you!

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Diane J. said...

One good thing about legacies is that you can begin one anytime. Just because those before you didn't follow God doesn't mean that you can't make a change for the better and become a Christian. God meets all of us on level ground at the foot of the cross.

Great devotion, Linda. :-)

Have a great week!

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I love thinking about the legacy that has led me to where I am. It is such a blessing.

Care Bear is 4 also, and what a fun age! She wanted rainbow shoes for Christmas and we are still not sure what that was, and haven't found such.

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger Christina said...

That's so true, it's never too late to begin a legacy. This is a good thing to remember on a daily basis.

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Cheryl Wray said...

I thank God ALL THE TIME for the legacy of faith that has been handed down to me--from great-grandmothers to grandmothers to mothers to a wonderful Christian father! It is SO important to raise your children in the faith, and thank goodness a lot of us had parents who did so!
Great post!

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Such a beautiful post...and there's no better legacy than that of knowing God.
Blessings and have a wonderful week!

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

such a beautiful post you've written! Legacies are something wonderful to pass on!

 

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