As a Jesus-follower, what kind of legacy do you want to leave? How will you pass down your faith to the next generation?
Faith is not a one-and-done decision, but a continual call to trust, grow, and encourage. Leaving a legacy isn't made up of big moments in crowded arenas or accomplishments, but quiet, everyday decisions to be faithful with what God's put right in front of you.
Hebrews 10:22-25 lays out instructions for us as we persevere in faith.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
The writer of Hebrews lays out three ways we can practically walk in faith.
1. Let us draw near.
Are you ready to grow your faith and leave a legacy? First, you need to make the daily decision to draw near to your Savior. Our legacy of faith won't exist without walking closely with God. And we have access to him through Jesus!
The writer of Hebrews was reminding the church that it's no longer necessary to jump through hoops or use a priest as a mediator. We've been invited to the Throne Room, drawn into intimacy with Jesus. Nothing can separate us from him.
Spend time with him, talk to him, read his Word. When we draw near to God we start reflecting him, and other people notice.
2. Let us hold on to hope.
Verse 23 says, "Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful." The "confession of our hope" is the realization and belief that we can never be in right standing with God on our own. But we are covered with God's grace through Jesus's death and resurrection, and because of that, we have hope. We are able to hold on to that hope because Jesus is holding on to us. He is so faithful, and his promises are trustworthy.
The hope we have in Christ, not ourselves, is something that will permeate our thoughts, conversations, and lives. Our legacy of faith is built on a foundation of hope.
3. Let us consider one another.
A legacy of faith encourages other people and walks out faith in relationship with other believers. Perseverance in our faith is a community effort. Community means being together — in church and in small groups, meeting together, praying together, serving together, etc. How are you considering others right now?
Who in your life is losing hope?
Who in your life is tired of taking the high road?
Who is discouraged by their circumstances?
Meet with them, pray with them, and encourage them to be faithful and obedient to God's calling on their life.