Other than Moses, no Old Testament character is mentioned more in the New Testament than Abraham. James refers to Abraham as “God’s friend”
James 2:23 (NKJV) And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God
It was a title used of no one else in Scripture.
Believers, in all generations, are called the “children/sons of Abraham”
Galatians 3:7 (NKJV) Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham
Abraham’s importance and impact in redemptive history is clearly seen in Scripture.
Abraham’s story really turns interesting in the first three verses of Genesis 12 where we see the call of Abraham by God:
The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you
How many of us would leave behind everything that is familiar to us and just go without knowing our destination? That was a true step of Faith. The concept of family meant everything to a person living in the time of Abraham. In that time family units were strongly knit together, it was unusual for family members to live hundreds of miles apart from each other.
One obvious lesson to draw from Abraham’s life is that “we are to live a life of faith”.
God called Abraham, out of the millions of people on the earth, to be the object of his blessings. God used Abraham to play a distinct and pivotal role in the life of the story of redemption, leading on through to the birth of Jesus. Abraham is a living example of faith and hope in the promises of God
Hebrews 11:10 (KJV) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Our lives should be lived so that when we reach the end of our days, our faith, like Abraham’s, will remain as an enduring legacy to others.
There is a difference in “inheritance” and “legacy”
An “inheritance” can be invested wisely or, it can be, used up quickly, even squandered, with no real account as to where it lands. And then it’s over, gone, forgotten.
But a “legacy” is lived out through our lives, our character, our approach to life, our approach to people, our approach to God and His Kingdom, it becomes the “memorial” for who we are an what our lives have stood for, at the end.
As with Abraham, God will always make the way and the provision for us to walk by Faith into the call and the promises God has purposed for our life.
In Matthew 26, when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. A woman came to Him bringing an alabaster box of very precious ointment. She poured it out on Jesus’ head while He sat at the table. When the disciples saw it they complained against her act calling it “waste”, saying that the pricey ointment could better be sold and the money distributed to the poor. Jesus responded “why are you troubling this woman? You will always have the poor with you”. The woman was anointing His body in preparation for His burial. Jesus said (concerning the woman) “Wherever the Gospel is preached, throughout the world, what she has done will be told for a memorial of her.”
Her legacy of an “extravagant service of love” is remembered, still today. The legacy of Abraham is one of “Faith and Obedience”.
What will be the “legacy” of your life when it’s over?
Find Us Faithful by Steve Green…”Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful, may the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey, may all who come behind us find us faithful”
~ Pastor Becky