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Sunday, March 4, 2012

FIND US FAITHFUL

For several years the topic of legacy has been on my mind. How do we want to be remembered when we are gone, by the money or possessions that we leave behind? Or will we leave a godly legacy that draws others to the Savior? If the Lord suddenly called you home today, how would you be remembered? How would the things you left behind reflect your testimony and walk with the Lord. I recently talked to a friend whose father was suddenly called home to heaven. She had grown up with a godly father who had taught her many lessons including the lesson that all that we have is really the Lord's, including our money. She told me that while she knew this, when she looked at his checkbook left behind she saw how he had really practiced what he had shared. She was amazed at the number of missionaries and ministries he had supported in addition to his own church. What will your possessions say about your love for the Lord when you are gone? For over 25 years my wife and I and our three sons had a family ministry. We often presented about 100 programs a year with children and families. When our programs were for families, my wife and I often closed the program by singing this week's choice, Find Us Faithful, written by Steve Green in 1988. Every time we sang it, the words challenged me. And as I've watched so many of my close friends move on to heaven the words continue to challenge me. I have been blessed to have family and friends who have influenced me spiritually and I thank the Lord for them and their impact on my life. But, unfortunately, not all folks finish well. We've too often been saddened to see the actions of some in their latter years of ministry do things that tarnished their legacy. I pray that this won't happen to me and that when the Lord calls me home, my family and friends will be left with a godly testimony that impacts their lives. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.

We're pilgrims on the journey Of the narrow road
And those who've gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who've gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find

CHORUS:
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

You can listen to Steve Green sing his song here. LISTEN

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