Recently I got to watch a clip of a 12 year old boy give a speech in the Auckland speech finals. His sister died in the Elim cannoning tragedy in 2008. His speech was on legacy and the challenge to his audience was What are you doing to leave a legacy? He challenged us to make our lives count.
Life is more than breathing. It’s more than minecraft (shock), more than our friends, more than today.
You may think, yeah I’ll think about that when I’m 21, when I’m a grown up, when I’ve got a job. But today matters. Today counts. Today you are creating your legacy.
The greatest legacy we can leave is lives changed eternally. To see His Kingdom Come.
DL Moody, a famous old dead guy who was a famous preacher and revivalist said ““The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”
“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man or woman fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that person.”
That is the challenge that I throw down to each of you, to myself. To know God and make Him known.
So how do we make that real in our lives?
When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” Mark 2:1-12
In this passage we see four men with radical faith, who created a legacy and made a difference. They heard Jesus was in town and knew that Jesus was the answer their friend needed. This was their one chance, their moment.
Their friend was paralysed. He could not walk or move. He could not get to Jesus himself. He needed the deliberate intentional choices and actions of his friends to get Him to Jesus.
Who are you bringing?
Who are the paralysed people in your life? They may not be confined to a wheel chair unable to walk or move, but there may be other areas that they stuck and paralysed in. Loneliness. Fear. Rejection. Depression. Sin.
The paralyzed man had his whole life radically changed. He could walk and run and dance for the first time. And more importantly, his sins were forgiven. His eternity was changed. He knew that God loved him, rescued him and that God was real and amazing. Heaven collided with earth. It was more than just a story, it was more than just a good idea. God did something so real and irrefutable, so big and spectacular that it blew the limitations that people had around God.
There is so much more possibility than we have seen before because Jesus is more amazing than we can dare, ask or imagine. So lets dare, ask and imagine great things and see God exceed those things.
In my own story, before going to youth group I was paralyzed. Just like that man. I was stuck in the blackness of my life. I didn’t know who I was or what I was doing. I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life.
On the first night I was at youth group they sung a song – Don’t you know that I love you, don’t you know that my plans for you are good. Look and see I’ve engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
When God saved me it was like I walked for the first time. In fact, at the end of the meeting I went outside and did cartwells and couldn’t stop moving and talking and expressing the crazy happiness I felt on the inside!
I believe that as we bring people to Jesus we’re going to see people get up and walk for the first time. We’re going to see the mess of people’s lives collide with the majesty of God’s grace. We’re going to see people set free and discover that they are created on purpose by a very real on purpose God. You are going to see the amazing things that God can do through someone that says YES. Someone who is consecrated and goes hard out to see His Kingdom come.
The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits. Dan 11:32