3/5: What Will Be Remembered?

 

When Michael Jackson died, a huge memorial service/concert took place at the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles, California. A lottery was conducted on the internet to give away 11,500 tickets to fans; the rest of those interested in the service – an estimated one billion people worldwide – watched the ceremony on television.

Michael grew from humble beginnings in Gary, Indiana (dad, mom, and seven kids in a one-bathroom home), to fame that touted him as the biggest star in the world. The legacy of Michael Jackson’s life was what Michael Jackson had done – entertained us for the past 40 years. He left behind music that was a testament to his talent. The total attention is on him.

Oh how easy it must be to start out humbly, receive God’s blessings in the way of money, prestige, power, or talent, and then run with it, forgetting to continually turn the focus back to the Source.

Unlike Michael, Solomon got it right. He was the second child of David and Bathsheba, a relationship that had questionable beginnings at best. But Solomon rose to be known as the wisest and richest man who ever lived. His past was not his purpose. His legacy, what he built and left behind, turned the focus back to God. Having heard of his greatness, the Queen of Sheba traveled to witness him for herself. After asking him hard questions, speaking to him about all that was in her heart, and seeing his abundant riches, she exclaimed, “…You exceed the fame of which I heard…Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God…” 2 Chronicles 9:6-8a (NKJ).

The legacy of our lives is supposed to be what God has done. As Christians, what we leave behind should be a testament to God’s greatness, goodness, faithfulness, and love. Yes, we should develop your talent, write that book, compose that song, build that business, direct that film, raise our children, and promote at our job, but always keeping in mind to be sure that God always gets the glory. Then when people think of us, the words of the Queen of Sheba will come to their minds, hearts, and lips saying, “Blessed be the Lord your God.”

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©2009, 2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on March 4, 2013.

One Response to “3/5: What Will Be Remembered?”

  1. It’s not what you call me, it’s what I answer to. Just remember that I am a child of God, first.

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