Freed Me From My Chains

Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    You have freed me from my chains.

—Psalm 116:16

 

Being a mother, the second part of this verse stands out to me–

as my mother did;

What faith have I modeled for my children?

Have they known me as a servant of the Lord?

Have they watched me serve Him and chosen to do the same?

The last part of the verse speaks of freedom.

So many things in life can be likened to chains.

Chains that bind and constrict.

Chains that keep us from moving forward.

There are no situations or circumstances that are greater than God’s power to control them.

God can set us free.

In that freedom, we are loosed to serve Him in love and gratitude.

As we do this, we are creating a legacy for our children.

 

 

 

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I Will Dwell

I went to a funeral today.

As I sat in the church listening to the pastor speak about my elderly friend, the words landed on my heart in agreement with what I already knew.

This man had lived his life for God and in service to the people around him.

A constant flow of care from God to him and from him to others, was evident.

Always encouraging, he spoke to me personally many times in appreciation of my efforts.

Speaking regularly in front of the congregation on Sundays, he would inspire those in the pews before him to gather together to help feed the needy in the community.

He gave of his own resources to equip other people as they heard God’s call to service.

As a loving husband, he cared for his ailing wife at home.

Listening to the pastor speak this morning, I learned that even as he was very ill and in the hospital, he was still showing paramount concern for other people.

The tone of the hour was reflective and loving as each person remembered their own experiences with this Christ-like gentleman.

There were tears and, at times, laughter, as his humor was recalled.

A sense of peace and joy could be felt as we sang the lyrics to “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Psalm 23 was printed in the order of service for everyone to read.

Our dear friend had lived his life in a close relationship with God.

That relationship did not end with his death; it simply continued on in a seamless passage from this earth to Heaven, where His Savior was waiting.

Knowing this brings great comfort when it is time to say goodbye…

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

–Psalm 23:6

 

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My Household

Many years ago, as recorded in the Old Testament, the Israelites had to make a choice.

Who would they serve?

The true God?

The false gods of their ancestors?

Think back—

Do you remember your childhood home?

Do you remember your grandparents’ homes?

Maybe even your great-grandparents’ homes?

Did they serve the LORD?

What legacy will you leave your children?

As for you and your house, who will you serve?

 

 

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

—Joshua 24:14-15

 

 

 

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That They May See

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The plane was soaring across the sky as the sun was setting.

It did so, leaving a powdery jet trail of blazing white.

The rays of the sun illuminated the trail long after the plane was gone.

 

When I think back five years, ten years—-even twenty—-did I busy myself accomplishing things that were eternally important?

Did I leave behind a blazing trail of obedience to God?

How about a visible witness of a life devoted to Him?

When I had moved away to another city, was there any evidence of lasting investment in the lives of those I knew?

I want my light to shine for others, even after I’m gone.

That means I have to start today, making decisions that honor God in all areas of my life.

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

—Matthew 5:16

 

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Entrust to Faithful Men

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Visiting the city which is the oldest European settlement in my country, I was interested in photographing some of the unique buildings that I saw.

Driving in the heart of the city, I passed by a tall, ornate church.

Getting out of the car, I walked around the magnificent structure.

 

It’s comforting for me to see churches when I visit a new town.

When I see a church, I know there are those who meet within its walls who love the Lord.

The existence of these centers of worship is due to legacy and the blessing of God.

An ancient sanctuary reaches into the future with a history of faith within the hearts of those living long ago.

Even a new church stands because someone in the past related the good news of Jesus to the members who constructed it.

My heart’s desire is to leave a legacy that is pleasing to God.

All churches have a story of legacy and trust.

When I am gone from this earth, every investment I have made toward God’s kingdom will be used for His glory.

Every Bible story I told my to my children.

Every offering I made of time, talent or funds.

Every prayer.

Every discussion about God’s love and forgiveness.

And what will become of that?

A legacy.

A transferring of faith—-

from one generation to another.

 

And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

—2 Timothy 2:2

 

 

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