Family Bible Study lesson for May 29: Leave a Godly Legacy : Friday, May 6, 2005
May 6 2005 by Phillip Hamm

Family Bible Study lesson for May 29: Leave a Godly Legacy : Friday, May 6, 2005
Friday, May 6, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for May 29: Leave a Godly Legacy

By Phillip Hamm
Focal Passages: Genesis 24:1-4, 12-16, 50-51, 61-67

I'm colorblind. The technical term for this problem is color ignorant, but I would rather forego the ridicule that comes with placing my name in the same sentence as "ignorant."

I can actually see colors, just not like most people. I get blues confused with purples, and browns confused with greens. This condition makes for great entertainment as I attempt to dress myself or shop for clothes.

I have my grandfather to thank for my color blindness. He gave it to my mom who generously passed it along to her sons. Maybe if my daughter's lucky she will have a son she can pass it to as well.

We all pass something along to our children. My prayer is that my children and grandchildren receive more from me than a mere quirk of nature. I hope they receive a sincere desire for godliness.

Avoid Relationships that Compromise Godliness

Genesis 24:1-4

Isaac was of marrying age. However, Abraham was concerned that his son not have a wife who was from the pagan Canaanites that lived in the region. Abraham made his servants promise that they would go back to his family to find Isaac a wife. He didn't want anything to hinder Isaac from leaving a godly legacy.

I had a good friend in high school who attended church with me. We prayed together, studied together and even surrendered to the ministry together. But something happened that changed the course of his life. He began dating a girl who was unchurched. He brought her to church with him at first, but after some time his attendance began to drop. He began spending more time with other friends who were also unchurched.

While I believe God wants us to develop relationships with those outside the church, it is clear that cultivating only those kind of relationships has the potential for us to compromise godliness. My friend who once felt led toward ministry now doesn't even attend church.

We like to think that the big decisions we make determine our spiritual legacy. On the contrary, small and seemingly mundane compromises can lead us to destroy the godly legacy our family could have received.

Pray About People and Decisions

Genesis 24:12-16

Abraham's servant fervently sought God to find Isaac a wife. He prayed that God would reveal Isaac's bride by her offering him and his camels a drink of water. Sure enough, before he had finished praying, Rebekah showed up and each detail of the servant's prayer was answered.

Shortly after Dallas Seminary was founded in 1924, it came to the point of bankruptcy. The creditors were going to foreclose at noon on a particular day. That morning, the founders of the school met in the president's office to pray that God would provide. In that prayer meeting was Harry Ironside. When it was his turn to pray, he prayed in his characteristically refreshing manner: "Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money."

While they were praying, a tall Texan came into the business office and said, "I just sold two carloads of cattle in Fort Worth. I've been trying to make a business deal go though and it won't work, and I feel that God is compelling me to give this money to the seminary. I don't know if you need it or not, but here's the check."

The secretary took the check and, knowing something of the financial seriousness of the hour, went to the door of the prayer meeting and timidly tapped. When she finally got a response, Lewis Chafer took the check out of her hand, and it was for the exact amount of the debt. When he looked at the signature, he recognized the name of the cattle rancher. Turning to Ironside, he said, "Harry, God sold the cattle!"

God has a way of providing for our every need. He simply wants His children to come and ask.

Your children, grandchildren, kids in your Sunday school class and children in the neighborhood are all watching you. Leaving a godly legacy is more than praying in public or serving communion once a quarter. A godly legacy is derived by living sincerely and honestly before God. Your family will see your sincere heart and will desire to follow your example, and by doing so you will leave a godly legacy.

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