7th July 2019

A Glorious Legacy

“Father, I want everyone you have given me to be with me, wherever I am. Then they will see the glory that you have given me, because you loved me before the world was created…I told them what you are like, and I will tell them even more. Then the love that you have for me will become part of them, and I will be one with them.”
John 17:24, 26 (CEV)

Deep within each of us is a desire to leave a legacy. Chances are that every day you use a product which points to the legacy of Steve Jobs. Jobs was the co-founder of Apple Computers, and his development of iPods, iPhones, and iPads revolutionised modern technology.

In 2005, shortly after diagnosis with cancer, Jobs delivered a compelling speech. Ten years after he co-founded Apple, he was sacked by the board of directors. Yet he went on to call the following season the best years of his life because in it he developed the technology used to create smart phones, met and married his wife—and then returned to Apple. The speech resonated because what seemed like the ultimate failure positioned him for greater impact. He said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something….”

It is not, however, trust in something but trust in someone that matters. As Christians we know that in Jesus we have a Good Shepard who walks alongside us through green pastures and dark valleys. Leading, guiding, protecting and providing for us. In John chapters 14-17 Jesus gives his farewell address. Like Jobs, Jesus knows that his death on the cross will seem as the ultimate failure. Unlike Jobs, through his intimate relationship with the Father, Jesus can connect the dots with the future. And he knows that his sacrifice will be the greatest redemption story of all time.

He lets his disciples know he is leaving, but comforts them with the promise that he will send a helper and friend, the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit we will be healed and made new! The Spirit will empower his disciples to carry on the legacy of Jesus’ life—radically to love and serve others. He ends with the prayer of hope (see above). It’s a prayer for all believers unified with him, where we will experience the never-ending love of the Father. Through his death and resurrection we are given new life, and his legacy will be our legacy—Christ in you the hope of glory!

Wonderful Father, we do thank you for your vision of our future, and how you have made it all possible. Help us to keep our vision on you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Michelle Fleming

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Michelle Fleming is an Elder in Grace Communion International and works in the International Home Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Media Director.

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