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What Is Your Legacy? (Part 3 of 3)

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May 28, 2021 4:00 am

What Is Your Legacy? (Part 3 of 3)

Truth for Life / Alistair Begg

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May 28, 2021 4:00 am

Who’s made a difference in your life? Whose words of encouragement or acts of kindness left an unforgettable impression? It doesn’t happen by accident! Join us on Truth For Life as Alistair Begg challenges us to consider what kind of legacy we’ll leave.


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Most of us can think of someone made a difference in our lives. Words of encouragement or their acts of kindness left an unforgettable impression kind of impression we'd like to leave to someone else happen by accident today on Truth for Life. Greg explains how to establish a legacy doing the second chapter 4 test tonight and tomorrow morning to clean the innovates you waste a lot of money on those things. I told my wife I don't get something don't get my photograph and stuff and get a line and I have to something you know I'm a ladies husband died and she's one of the newspapers you want to spend a lot of money on the Jewish Scottish said my husband I need to put it in the newspaper. So the fellows as well. What you want to put she said. Hamish died so you guys as well.

There's a minimum number of words ringing on for more than that she thought about for mommy symbol put Hamish died Volvo for sale.

So when the sentence in half and there. Whatever else it is fine so far this enzyme. Whatever they do.

If there's one summary statement. What will it be and will be harmful will be helpful to the helpful side with me now go through this quickly helpful. What about this chap on a syphilis in verse 16. May the Lord show mercy to the house of on a syphilis or maybe is one sip artists. I don't know he was a guy I guy called Horace and they said would you like a drink and he said just one sip and and ever after.

He was known as one sip, Horace. Now please don't send me letters about this company a bit of slack.

I'm not the wires are not joined up this morning so they were enjoying up the last time we heard you either closure excuse then believe this guy on a syphilis. He often refreshed me wasn't ashamed of me search hard for me and help me in all kinds of ways. What a legacy often refreshed me wasn't ashamed of me search hard for me and help me in all kinds of ways like that don't you. What about Timothy himself doing the letter is written when Paul writes to the Philippians and 220 says of Timothy, I have no one else like him who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. He's my main man. He says same when I think of him. That's his legacy go back into chapter 4 and look at what we are told of Luke. In contrast to the desertion of Dimas. We have the loyalty of Luke in verse 11 there is no indication here that Luke was a great evangelist, our wonderful Bible teacher.

Indeed, all inferences that he was none of that, but he was marked by fidelity by loyalty by integrity by humility and he lived his life over the long haul long after people have forgotten eloquence and long after they have ceased to read whatever cleverness any of us may have been able to commit to the printed page, long after cleverness and eloquence are gone. Human kindness will live on in the lives of people. People remember my sister will bear this but when our mother died that all the people send them know you know with Isaiah 14 on Isaiah 26 three in Philippians 4 and John 14, 1 to 6.2 is very very helpful. I don't remember any of the note surrendering about what we do. Remember, we do remember the lady from around the corner kept coming back with another pile of freshly completed laundry. When I think of her when a legacy fall into this trap of thinking you know the key to success in the Christian life is being teacher is being run person is being notorious purse. Just think about your body thing about your renal function.

Think about your neurological function thing about the double circulator system of the heart. How much of that is out for public display. None.

How vital is it crucial in all the stuff we fiddled with this morning before we came here is irrelevant.

In comparison to those in functions.

Oh thank God for the hidden heroes of the church. The looks we walk down the street in Keswick, Steve Brady and I another speaker, and a friend over the last as 1972 I know my instructors in the street, a small man and he said he wanted to thank us for the things that we shared from the Scriptures and we thank him and we were humbled by his interest and we asked him what he was doing and why was there and he said you know I've been a Baptist minister for the last 13 years, who knows and God knows who knows his work on his congregation and God and when we walked away I said to Steve, then I give you a bit of a chill. He said what you mean. I said simply that you know what it says in the Bible, the force will be less than the last will be first. I said I get the distinct feeling that those of us who have been given positions of notoriety limited though they may be in the final reckoning is squared away in heaven is going to be guys like that be at the front of the line and guys like you and me. Brady will be hand on the back of the bus.

Steve said you know I think you're right. No time is gone. I need to come just to the final thought, but you'll notice that Mark is there and he's helpful in Tichy accuses Aaron he's helpful in the crowd as they are at the end between verse 19 and 21 Priscilla" on a syphilis in the Rasmussen draw from this send you bill us and prudence on the name prudence, don't you, but I was a guy that was really fun of deserved or not. I do not know but analyses there might be a lady called prudence, great name, prudence you can tell I really done a lot of indents to scan your really digging deep into the material well there we have some with a harmful legacy somewhat helpful legacy. The question is what about you and me and with this I draw to a close, how we want to establish this number one determined to live so as to be mixed determined to live so as to be mixed, but to be mixed for the right things to be mixed for the right things don't like to be missed at meetings because the meetings go so well without us was a great meeting tonight seem to go very smoothly. I don't know what the difference what all he is.

He was in here she wasn't here on 12 have people look up cantankerous in the dictionary and your face comes on the site being mass limits to be next be missed for kind words for good deeds for short notes for quick telephone calls for good laughs for humor, happiness and good like a medicine for your portfolio with this.

The world cares about the size is that cubic capacity of the engine in the car. The stall cautions blowing almost was not all nice going in a gang sale but will live on in the minds of our kids and our grandkids again words, good deeds, short notes, quick calls, good laughs.

Don't be sick juice into putting all of your treasure in the wrong place and pass to your children treasure troll which is harmful but helpful. Secondly, do not underestimate the impact of a solitary life live to God's glory. Solitary life live to God's glory.

Don't let evil one come and say to you, well, nobody really knows you and you are not really significant in what you're doing and where you're going is largely irrelevant and nobody really cares, and so on pay towel old smutty face to go back where he belongs and savor the words of the Anglican Bishop as I do regularly well Lord I may not be very much, but I am one and I can do everything, but I can do something I what I can do. I ought to do and what I ought to do. I will do. I'm reading in the moment, the book of the children gave me for Father's Day that the biography of Jack Nicholas on one page. Just for your interest. You know, 339 and is a wonderful statement in here concerning Barbara Nicholas, whom I met just one Sisson Andrew's golf course and she seemed a nice lady that day to this is what a chat journalist says of this girl Barbara Nicholas Lee Neil had surgery once in Miami who drove her down and back twice Barbara Nicholas Lee Neil once broke her arm in four places who drove her to the hospital. Barbara Nicholas when John young Jackie was 40 cut off half his finger in an ice crusher loosing the finger by not panicking and getting them to the doctor so could be sewn back on Barbara Nicholas. When Bruce Fleischer's wife was in the hospital recovering from surgery. Barbara Nicholas drove down to Miami regularly with home coop deals with a great friend from Columbus Genesee that was dying of cancer. She entrusted Barbara Nicholas to give everyone their marching orders before passing on when Laura Norman needed someone to lean on when her husband Greg was getting ripped in the press. She sought the advice of Barbara Nicholas and speaking out for help and their influence within the home and her support of Jack necklace is wonderful tremendous illustration.

She says if I can fix it. We call a repairman right after we got married. I asked Jack to put up a cup right for me. Mind you, it was three screws 45 minutes and a few choice words. Later his shirt was ringing wet and he still didn't have the screws in goes on to talk about the influence of her solitary life and I don't know where she is in relationship to fate. I'm not using it and I respect just talk about the impact of unseen people in the same way, Bobby Jones, nobody knows the name of Bobby Jones election into golf Bobby Jones dies and Nicholas reflecting on the death of Bobby Jones, with whom he had sat ever since. He had one as an amateur in the early days of his career he says I wondered how my own life might've differed without Bobby Jones inspiration and friendship. During my early years and decided I would surely have been a lesser golfer and probably a lesser man because of the legacy left by us all. Actually like determined to live so as to be mixed. Don't underestimate the impact of a solitary life live to God's glory, particularly in ultimately if you're going to be remembered as one of the crowd. Make sure it's the right crowd like you not I my name to be isolated from the group that's okay. Make sure it's in the right group make sure it's not in verse 16. No one came to my support. Make sure it is in verses 19 to 21 with Linus and Claudia and prudence and the rest, and finally the prospect of leaving a legacy determined that with God's help, you will seize the day, because we never know when we just made our final deposit into the legacy that we are leaving behind cannot tell you this one final story because it's all again in this confluence of these past few days. I spoke at a conference for mission. Read candidates and missionaries with the overseas missionary Fellowship into place in padlock three in Scotland, and the folks who were there were a fairly high-level group of individuals in the sense that they were well educated, many of them were medics and quite a number of them were theological students and he asked me to speak on mission in the last days and I and my foolhardiness and youthfulness, determine to what I would do is I would expound second Peter which is three chapters and there were three talks something I'll do one chapter at a time.

The first of which was to begin around 930 on Friday evening after everyone had worked or studied for a full day dragged themselves to padlock Creek had a meal and then sat down in rose and waited for this fella to stand up behind the box. I was totally overawed by the prospect that I was in my room in the center by myself and I felt very much.

Then the way I used to feel before physics and chemistry exam along the lines of God. If I was going to die young. This would be a very good time to to exercise your providential overruling because if I go into this thing.

The Lord only knows what's going to happen to me. So that's exactly I was feeling. I don't say that for a fact that is truly how I was feeling, but I had to go that was no option that the ballot told, and in the tail had to be told. And so I stood up and I started in the beginning of two Peter one and I wasn't into it before three or four minutes. I couldn't get any saliva in my mouth. I didn't know what I was on about. I can say like I'm sure you know more about this than I do and what Peter is trying to say is this, and that find it on all and there was a man sitting on the front row with graying temples navy blazer gray flannels black shoes.

You know the kind of standard package and he just never took his eyes off me just looked at me the whole time and when I dribbled to a conclusion. I said a brief prayer and then I shut off and as I showed off he shot beside me and never seen before in my life and as I went away. I was conscious of an arm around my waist. This man put an arm around my waist.

He started to walk with me and he didn't let me go my own direction. He spun me around and he took me behind the book stall and he tracked me in the corner of a cabinet that opened up and made into a book stall and I'm in the what he was going to do. I do not I have no clue what was about to happen to me but I didn't think it was going to be very good. I can go into all of it now for our time is gone but essentially this is what he said to me he said I felt that I have said I had to do what I'm about to do.

I don't make a habit of doing this. He said you should know that and he said there was one thing you said in your sermon tonight.

That really lifted my spirits and was a great encouragement to me when you mentioned the idea of making an abundant entrance into heaven. He said that was good. He said, but that was about all that was good on the tell you this, said Peter wasn't trying to say anything he was saying it you're trying to say and don't be so deferential to the people out there who cares if they know more than you. They probably do, but you don't have to say that you don't have to do fair to these folks. He said don't you understand that when you have sirloin steak or filet mignon or a pound of men's and Lindsay Scottish or English virtual hamburger you know and an effective change in on beautiful is where you got a pound of men's chorus line steak get up and delivering because you're not there by accident. You are there by God's appointment so don't let me ever hear you doing this again young man, and by the way, he said, I believe that one day you will speak before three times and I believe that God has asked me to say what I have now sent to you know. Let us pray and we prayed and I went back to my room and I went I went for the hash that I made a little. I went for the fight that this man said what he said to me, and my pride was wound.

I went more for the fight that he must care about me.

Somehow, though he didn't know me from all on the ground.

Otherwise, he would never have done this and be so faithful because the wounds of a friend or faith is hardly a time when I move into a new context and many times on Sunday when I can see Davey person's face, said: son, you're not up there by accident.

You're not there by appointment mints or statements or state what is it Thursday morning Keswick conventions followings will be loosening from a human perspective, hanging on your every one trying your best to get through the material feeling again all kinds of feelings, not most of which start your vehicle coming to the end of that insane myself to go through that door and before they open their eyes.

I'll be gone because I don't ever want to see anybody after this, is it only for those of you think that I finished my summer's ongoing outgoing pool that doesn't happen. I don't remember one I was and that I feel like that anymore. I feel like I'm in charge, so I set out to make a dive out of that door grabbing umbrella grabbed the galoshes which I needed swans were swimming through people's tents and I want to make a beeline for my car and I came through the door down. The thing on the two steps and into the arms of a gray-haired man with a weatherbeaten face wherein on royal blue Google shorts and tennis shoes and this is being bear hug, grabbed me and as he pulled me to himself by our divorce was a stay or was immense and I and I said as I looked over her shoulder.

I said baby I don't know any still not looking at me since overuse@I told you it doesn't matter until the day I die I will revere his legacy. You have people like that will you are leaving a legacy make sure it is helpful not harmful encourage leave a legacy that will be helpful this Truth for Life. Alastair returns in just a minute to close today's program with prayer so please keep listening today study is part three of a message titled, what is your legacy series called more jars of clay. If you missed any portion of this message, or if you'd like to catch up on other Germans in this series we remind you, you can access all of Alistair's teaching for free on our website or through our mobile app we often get letters and emails from people all around the world who write to us to tell of how grateful they are for the free resources we make available but that thanks doesn't belong to us. It belongs to our true partners. People who give a set amount each month to cover the cost of producing and distributing Alistair's teaching.

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