Legacy. We are still talking about this at my youth group. Why? Because it’s an important topic and it’s something that as Jesus begins to set teens free they need to realize that in that release they are being released for a purpose, for the Legacy that is already inside of them.
And this week at youth group was powerful. I love how Jesus works and how after He moves all the pieces fall into place. As I was preparing the message this week I was having a REALLY hard time with what I was going to say. Not because I didn’t have a point and I didn’t know what God wanted to say. No, on the contrary I had such a specific thing that I knew I was supposed to say but it seemed too short. Have you ever had that problem? I don’t normally, usually I have to condense to fit it all in. Not this week, no matter how much I studied, no amount of knowledge on the subject could help me to bring together a longer message.
As we went into worship we truly came into the Presence of God. I believe that when you truly enter into the presence of God you cannot leave unchanged, sometimes the change is that you are freed from sin that entangles you, sometimes it is just that the Lord who is pursuing you begins to reach your heart. Often those on the outside don’t know what happens but you do.
Last night it was evident that the youth were encountering the presence of God and being changed.
Chains were broken, sin was released, there was a freedom in their lives that had not been there moments before. The Lord moved and as such worship continued almost the whole time until just a few moments were left and I was able to share the very thing that God has placed on my heart to share….
Rahab. If you look in Joshua 2 you find the story of an unlikely savior. Rahab was a prostitute who saved the spies of Israel and in turn saved her family. When the spies arrived she knew in whose name they came and she knew that He was the only one who could save her. And so, she boldly hid the spies from the king of Jericho and trusted that the spies when the Israelites would come back, would save her. She put her life in danger without knowing if she would really be saved.
“Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.” So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.” Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.) Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate. Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.” Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.” So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.” Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window. They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them. So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them. And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”
But can I challenge you for a moment, her legacy wasn’t in what she actually did, her legacy was in what God was able to do. Rahab was a prostitute who became a part of the lineage of Jesus. Rahab was the mother of the kinsman redeemer Boaz and the great great grandmother of King David. A woman whose choices in life could have meant that she would forever live a sinful life, through her faith filled actions brought victory not only to the Israelites but brought salvation to her soul. Her choices and her sin did not discredit her Legacy because her faith secured it.
We all have a legacy. I keep saying that because I believe that it is true. God wants to use us for His glory that people would be set free, know the truth and follow the One who Created it all. But the enemy tells us that because of choices we have made, choices others have made for us or circumstances in our lives we can’t live that Legacy out. This is a lie because the One who placed that Legacy inside of us can, and will if we let Him, redeem it.
What in your life is discrediting your Legacy to yourself or others? Have you given it to God?
Have you allowed Him to redeem you and your life, have you grabbed hold of the salvation that has been won for you? Have you turned from the things that hold you back and run after God and the Legacy He has for you to leave?
I challenge you to take a step of faith as Rahab did, put your life on the line and grab hold of the salvation that has been won for you. Then live boldly the life of Legacy that is already inside of you.