Legacy – The Dash: Being Dead Yet Speaketh
1. Today is tomorrow’s legacy. How will I be remembered?
A. God qualifies the unqualified. “For we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us”. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
B. It is not your mistakes that define you but your heart to never quit, to fight for right.
C. Success in life comes when you refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure and loss only act as motivation.
D. Remember sometimes you have to go through the worst to get to the best.
E. God releases His power and authority when we refused to quit.
F. Always believe that God is good, that He is for you and with you and that something beautiful is going to happen.
2. God is setting you up through what you’re walking through.
A. Saul chases some lost donkeys and runs into God’s will and purpose. (1 Samuel 9:3)
B. Saul and his servant searched place after place for three days with not even a trace of the donkeys. So, they thought if we could find the man of God Samuel, then God will tell us where the donkeys are. God orchestrates a divine meeting. “Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came saying, tomorrow about this time I will send you a man out of the land of Benjamin and you shall anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines, for I have looked upon my people because their cry has come unto me. And when Samuel saw Saul the Lord said to him, behold the man whom I spoke to you of, this same shall reign over my people”. (1 Samuel 9:15-17)
C. Saul didn’t realize that God was working behind the scenes the whole time. God is working behind the scenes right now in your life. You may say again, those stupid animals. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way”. (Psalms 37:23) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your steps”. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
3. What does it take to make a legacy? Ruth’s legacy?
A. From tragedy to triumph. From weeping and wandering to legacy.
B. In the book of Ruth, just four chapters, we see the making of a legacy requires 3 things: God’s providence, God’s sovereignty, and God’s goodness.
C. God is powerful and very personal, and his fingerprints are everywhere.
4. Ruth chapter 1: Naomi with her husband and two sons leave Israel because of a famine to go out of the country to Moab.
A. Naomi’s two sons get married in a foreign country and then die as well as Naomi’s husband.
B. Her life is now in a tail spin by herself. She feels bitterness and let down and she wonders where God is in all of this.
C. Naomi chooses to go back to Israel and says to Ruth, her widow daughter-in-law, “from now on call me Mara for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full and the Lord has brought me home again empty: why then call me Naomi seeing the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?” (Ruth 1:20-22)
D. Never forget that God is with you in your weeping and in your wandering.
5. In Ruth chapter 2 we see God’s supernatural provision. As Ruth works diligently in Boaz’s field she is recognize by Boaz who gives her favor. “Then said Boaz onto Ruth, go not to glean in another field but abide here by my maiden’s. Let your eyes be on the field that they do reap and go after them: I have charged the young men that they shall not touch you and when you are thirsty drink of that which the young men have drawn. Then she fell on her face and bowed herself to the ground and said, why have I found grace in your site that you should take knowledge of me seeing that I am a stranger? And Boaz answered and said to her, it has been shown to me all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband and how you have left your father and your mother and your homeland and have come to a people which you do not know. The Lord recompense your work and a full reward be given to you of the Lord God of Israel under whose wings you art come to trust”. (Ruth 2:8-12)
A. Never forget that God is in your diligent work.
6. In Ruth 3 we see diligently waiting for the will of God. Now Naomi tells Ruth how to receive the Kinsman’s redemption. “Wash yourself and anoint yourself and put on some clothes and go down to the threshing floor where Boaz is, wait until he has eaten and drank. And it shall be, when he lays down that you mark the place where he shall lie, and you shall go in and lay at his feet and he will tell you what you shall do. And it came to pass at midnight that the man was afraid and turned himself and behold a woman laid at his feet. And he said who are you? And she answered I am Ruth your handmaid. For you are a near kinsman. And he said, blessed are you of the Lord, for you have showed more kindness in the latter than at the beginning, you have not followed after young men weather poor or rich. And now my daughter fear not, I will do to you all that you require, for all the city of my people do know that you are a virtuous woman. And now it is true that I am your near kinsman but there is a kinsman nearer than me. Stay this night, and it shall be in the morning that if he will perform to you the part of a kinsman well: let him do it but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to you then will I do the part of a kinsman, as the Lord lives”. (Ruth 3:1-4, 8-13)
A. Never forget God is in your waiting and watching.
B. Ruth was obedient, willing to take a risk by faith, walking in integrity and trusting God with all the obstacles.
C. What happens when obedience and Providence meet? Legacy!
7. In Ruth 4 we see tragedy turned into triumph.
A. Boaz leaves threshing floor and goes straight to the city gate which is like our City Hall where all legal business is taking care of.
B. Amazingly Boaz runs right into the legal first kinsman redeemer. Boaz calls 10 elders and holds a legal hearing which the other guy does not exercise his right to redeem Ruth and her husband’s name. Boaz then takes Ruth to be his wife. “And all the people that were at the gate and the elders said, we are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come unto your house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel and do worthily and be famous in Bethlehem. And let your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bare onto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give you of this young woman. So, Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife and the Lord gave her conception and she bore a son. And the women said onto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord which has not left you this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be onto you a restorer of your life, and a nurturer of your old age, for your daughter-in-law which loves you is better to you than seven sons. And Naomi took the child and laid it in her bosom and became nurse to him. And the women, her neighbors gave him a name saying there is a son born to Naomi and they called his name Obed, who is the father of Jesse, the father of David”. (Ruth 4:11-17)
8. Leaving a legacy. The people and elders witnessed by praying three prayers.
A. “The Lord make Ruth like Rachel and Leah”. God created the nation through them that became the covenant people of God. (Ruth 4:11)
B. “Do worthily and be famous in Bethlehem”. Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
C. “Let your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bare unto Judah”. God will turn your situation as bad and against you as it is, to something beautiful. (Ruth 4:12)
D. Naomi receives blessing from the Lord as the women pronounce God’s blessing, that He has not left her without a kinsman redeemer. (Ruth 4:14)
E. Naomi receives a restorer of her life, a nurturer of her old age, A daughter in law which loves her better than seven sons. (Ruth 4:15)
F. Naomi nurses Ruth’s son who is called Obed, who is the father of Jessie, who becomes the father of King David who is the family line of Jesus Christ our Messiah.
9. Keys to leaving a Godly legacy.
A. God is the only legacy maker. God is who will leave a legacy through us. (James 1:17)
B. So, we can try to make our name great or His, and His name, Jesus Christ, is the only one who will last and stand forever.
C. My heart is to lift Christ so high that my children and children’s children will say of me, he really lived for the right stuff and the things that really mattered-God.
D. Remember today that what you’re thinking and looking to cannot be your education, your money, your possessions, your good looks, your connections, your resources, your know how, but your heart and you’re thinking must be in God and Him alone. All these things are good, but they are not God and cannot take His place in our lives.
E. Ruth who was a foreigner and an outcast, by God becomes the wife of Boaz to the highest place of honor and privilege. All that Boaz is and has is now hers.
10. God uses flawed and unqualified people to leave a Godly legacy. “And Salmon begot Boaz of Rahab and Boaz begot Obed of Ruth and Obed begot Jesse and Jesse begot David the king and David the king begot Solomon of her that had been the wife of Uriah. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ” (Matthew 1:5-6, 16) Now through their legacy Jesus has become our kinsman redeemer. Legacy is associated with greatness. Greatness comes from achievement. Achievement is not possible without first having a goal. (How would you know you achieved something if it wasn’t a clearly defined objective). Without vision the people perish. They perish because vision and legacy are connected, and they die at the same time. Unfounded complacency has never produced a Legacy. I say unfounded because there are times when you should be still and know that He is God, but once you have stopped and caught your “God Breath” you have to start running again towards the goals that God has already mapped out for your Dash. Legacy doesn’t require fame. Will + Obedience = Legacy