The entire book of 2 Peter is only three chapters long, but what a book! I had a hard time not highlighting the whole chapter. However, one section, tucked away in the midst of the chapter jumped out at me this morning.
In verses 12-15, Peter is talking about his encouragement of the people to remain “in the truth” of the Gospel and God’s WORD. He makes the point that he will continue as long as he “is in this bodily tent,” which means as long as he is alive. Then, in verse 15 he says these words, “And I will also make every effort so that you are able to recall these things at any time after my departure.” With the word “departure” he is speaking of his death. That’s what jumped out at me. While Peter is determined to bless and encourage the faith of the people he loves while he’s alive, he is also thinking about his legacy. What he will leave behind after he dies and his focus is to make sure that his life, example, and teaching prepare his loved ones to know Jesus!
What legacy are you leaving for your loved ones?
I am not sure there is a more important question for those who believe! Our legacy of faith, by the power of the Holy Spirit, not only impacts our loved ones, but it touches the lives of people we never know. So, let’s work on our legacy today … in words, actions, and attitudes that introduce people to Jesus!
And just in case you were thinking that this “legacy stuff” us just for old people like me, you can NEVER begin working on your legacy too soon. Imagine our world and the impact of the Gospel if our children and grandchildren learn the power of their lives and love (combined with the power of the Holy Spirit) to bring hope to our world and introduce people to Jesus!
By the way, I am reading the Bible each day using the You Version Bible app which you can find in all the different platform app stores. If you use this app, please send me a friend request. Just search for Bill Tucker in San Antonio and click on the “Add Friend” button. I’d love to share this Bible reading adventure with you. When you use the You Version Bible app, you can also choose from MANY different translations (including the CSB which we are using at Concordia during 2018), and you can even have the Scripture read to you in a variety of different voices!
Parents, there is also a You Version Bible app for kids!
These apps are beautiful resources, and they are absolutely FREE.
If you are looking for the WORD for Today schedule of Bible Reading, you will find them here … WORD for Today schedule of Bible Readings.