A Chip Off the Old Block
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.” (Isaiah 51: 1-2 NIV)
Legacies. Some families have legacies that are rock solid. Polished marble. Smooth granite. Generation after generation follows God. They know all the right answers and have all the right questions. For others of us, well, we’re more like the cracked uneven stones in the path behind the house and dysfunction is more the norm. We follow God knowing at times more what not to do than what to do. God reminds us in Isaiah if we seek God and pursue righteousness, our heritage reaches beyond the immediate family to a spiritual legacy from a spiritual family of fellow believers, those who simply believed what God said and obeyed Him. Their simple faith and obedience opened doors to marvelous things.
You have to love God’s math. “When I called him (Abraham) he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.” God’s hand on a life makes all the difference. He chose Abraham and He chose you: “Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;”
The rock? The Rock. Solid. Storm-withstanding. The cornerstone. The Rock of ages.
The quarry? Hebrews 11.
And our Rock and quarry are not static. Peter speaks of living stones being built into a spiritual house. We have a purpose and a legacy of our own to pass to future chips from the quarry. What is your calling? Abraham had one. Though he fell many times, he clung to the Rock, skinned knees and all, and his one became many. Ask God to show you your place in His temple. You are a living stone and little chips are watching.
Questions for the Week:
1) Describe your family legacy. What would you change in creating your own legacy?
2) Who has encouraged you most in your spiritual journey? A biblical character? A friend or mentor? How?
3) To whom will you leave a spiritual legacy?
4) What legacy do you want to leave?
5) How can you be intentional about building such a legacy?