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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Legacy

Most people answer the question, What’s most important to you? Is to Live life well. There are two ways to live life well and lead a legacy. One is honoring God and one is honoring self. The world does a good job showing us how to honor self, so let’s look at what God’s Word says about honoring Him. This is the account of Paul leaving the church in Ephesus. Let's look at several characteristics of one who does life God's way.
                                                                                              
Keep watch over each other, and follow your leaders.
27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers(vv. 27-28a)

Leaders follow God and care for the flock.
Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. (vv. 28b-29)

Remember the truth.
30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. (vv. 30-31)
         Live a life of worship
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  (v. 32)
Give of yourselves, and take care of the poor and needy.
33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (vv. 33-35)

Pray for and love one another. Cherish each day as a gift from God. 
36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship. (vv. 36-38)


It’s not in the physical things you leave, but the effect you have on each other’s lives. - Live Life Well for God!