Today's devotional told the story of the first recorded martyr, Stephen. He walked the walk---and talked the talk---and lost his life because of his refusal to turn from The Truth. Stephen did not know--he would be proclaimed by millions as the first martyr. He had no idea the legacy he would leave behind of a burning need to spread The Good News. We forget---Stephen as many others throughout The Word had no clue they would become icons--lessons---role models for the faithful who followed them. They became our spiritual mentors without volunteering for the job. God used them---for His Good Purpose---to show us the path--the way---His plan for us.
As I search for God's Good Purpose for me---this is a lesson I will take to heart. I will leave a legacy---life will leave my body at some point---I will breathe my last breath---but my legacy will live on. My biological legacy is already set in stone---I have three children---and they have children who will have children. I will not have any more children---those days are past. My hope for the future now lies in my spiritual legacy. My spiritual legacy is still a work in progress. God has intent for me---He has a plan-I am searching--and when He reveals His Good Purpose for me---will I be obedient? Am I living with intent --the intent of following the examples spread throughout The Word?
Questions--he is placing in my heart--and on my soul--with the realization---I am His hands, feet, and voice here on this earth today. What will remain of me from everlasting to everlasting?
This is war and there is no neutral ground. If you are not on my side, you are the enemy, if you are not helping, you are making things worse.