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Focus: Legacy of the wise
Proverbs 3:35 (NKJV) The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.
Depression and dependency issues can happen to people who are rich or poor—educated or not. Whether a person is wise—or a fool, doesn’t always have to do with wealth or education.
You may be having a hard time getting through a day, much less worrying about whether you are wise or a fool. Depression has a way of making you feel like a fool…whether you are one, or not. But in terms of legacy, how would you like to finish this life? Would you want to be remembered as one who was wise? Or one who was a fool?
When all is said and done, wealth or poverty have little to do with eternity, and the amount of education you’ve had doesn’t determine what your future will be at the end of this life, either.
When Proverbs 3:35 states that the wise shall inherit glory, it isn’t referring to someone who is educated. ‘Wise’, in this context, is someone who has followed after God. If at this point, you are following after God, you are wise.
As you look back over your life, you may have had some success, or not much. Many things that earned us respect in this life will mean nothing at all when our time is up. The attention and effort we devoted to worldly pursuits will not bring any glory to God when we stand before Him.
It’s possible that you aren’t feeling very connected to any pursuit these days, worldly or holy. Maybe not much of anything motivates you to keep going, period. If that’s the case, you could try praying that the Lord would give your life meaning and fulfillment.
Automatically, you might think that would mean that you’d have to become caught up in a life of Christian service…working feverishly on some selfless mission project or cause. Not necessarily…and besides, if you’re still depressed—let’s put first things, first.
Assuming you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior and confessed Him as Lord of your life, the most important focus you could have right now is the development of your own personal relationship with Him. Focus on how much He loves you and cares for you. Meditate on that, and ask the Holy Spirit to keep revealing more of His feelings for you. When your consciousness of His feelings for you and His sacrificial love becomes more developed, your heart will begin to respond to Him—and your mind, your will, and your emotions will be affected. You’ll begin to feel alive like never before, and you’ll definitely feel more like facing the future.
Another resulting change in your life will be the happiness and joy you’ll feel because of the Lord’s presence. When you are happy and joyful in the Lord, He comes even closer to you—which results in even more happiness and joy.
When your life is anchored in the Lord and your relationship with Him is the most important thing you live for—you will find that you’re brimming with life—because He is life! Having a close, thriving relationship with the One Who is Life, will make you attractive in righteous ways.
If your own relationship with the Lord is vibrant and fulfilling, people will wonder what is different about you and they will begin asking questions. As you let them know the Source of your happiness and joy is your relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit—they will want what you have.
As others come to know Christ through your relationship with Him—you become a ‘soul-winner’. When you have won a soul to Christ, that is also known as ‘bearing fruit’. When others you have influenced for Christ develop a relationship of their own and begin to win souls, the network of lives changed becomes a ‘tree’ of sorts. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
Winning souls should not be what we live for. We should live for God. Winning souls should be what naturally occurs when our lives reflect the glory of God because of His Son, Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we continue to love the Lord and live for Him—one soul leads another, and another, and another. Call it a tree or a legacy—but it is fruit that will remain and bring God glory when you stand before Him.
Declaration: I will find new strength by cultivating my personal love relationship with Father God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. As I am filled with their love and presence, my life will become more meaningful—and I will truly be fulfilled. At the end of this life, I will have fruit that remains and an eternal and glorious legacy in the kingdom of God.
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