In 2014 we have been able to minister to over 14,000 people through sharing clothes and food, helping with homelessness, preparing kids for school and the like. Over 50 people have accepted Jesus through the process. I honestly believe that those numbers remind us of who is really in control. That would be God. No me. Not you or any one else in our church.
Those facts also set us up for a great 2015. How is that? We want to be able to do more and to impact more lives for the cause of Christ and the growth of God’s kingdom.
My prayer for me personally in the coming year is that I would be a stronger leader in my home and in the church helping my family and our church family to seek God for greater impact in the lives of people we encounter. That is no easy task because it is my heart’s desire to help people embrace their passion and to pursue their God given dreams with more gusto than ever before.
This past Sunday it was an honor to preach at my home church, Skelly Drive Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I wanted to share some of the message with you today.
Legacy is something that all of us recognize, yet it is my opinion that we are not to simply let legacy happen or lives to change on their own. We are to plan for it. We are to plug our lives in for world or kingdom impact.
for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.
One of my mentors shared that verse with me over 20 years ago. He poured in to me. Someone else poured in to him and so forth. The impact continues as we keep making the kingdom of God the most important thing. God is building a legacy through our lives and through the work we are blessed to be part of.
In Philippians 3 Paul illustrates this through his changed life and how his passion built legacy. What is your legacy? What is He calling you and this church to be part of? Ask yourselves those questions. Paul spoke from the middle of his ministry and in the impact he had on the world. The past had him stopping the influence of Christ. The present has him building the impact and influence of Christ as he built people and planted churches. His was a life lived with purpose despite the pain, hardships, struggles and more.
It is vital that we make sure our focus is not on God and not on us. To be able to build others we have to make sure that what we give, what we teach and what we share is built on what is bigger and stronger and last longer than us.
Paul shared the importance of pressing on to a goal. He said he hadn’t achieved it and that he must continue focusing on what is ahead. By not allowing our past to stop us, recognizing that God forgave our sin and has given us a great future, and setting the coarse ahead, we will be successful.
Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.