Revive Me, Week 26- A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
(*We are halfway through the year! I hope you are feeling strengthened in your faith as we grow together in the Lord!)
Consider How You’ll Be Remembered
Last night a remarkable Christian woman died in her sleep. What made Neva Morgan remarkable? Well, many things, but one thing in particular stands out for me, and that is her faithfulness.
Neva’s husband wasn’t a Christian but she wanted to make sure her children were brought up in the Lord. That meant that she alone was responsible for taking her children to Bible class and worship. Neva didn’t drive so she had to ask someone each week to pick them all up. She knew this was a huge inconvenience for others and many times considered staying home to avoid the hassle. It also wasn’t easy trying to make her children behave in worship since she didn’t have her husband with her to help. A lesser woman would’ve allowed these challenges to weaken her resolve, but Neva was determined to put God first no matter the cost. She knew her husband needed to see how important her faith was, that obedience to her Lord trumped everything else.
Neva’s perseverance paid off. Several years later her husband obeyed the gospel! Imagine her joy! What if she had given in to the temptation to stay home from worship? What if she had compromised in order to keep the peace? Where would her children be today? Would her husband have ever become a Christian?
Neva experienced other challenges in her life. She faced them with the strength of Christ (Phil. 4:13).
As a result of Neva’s faithfulness, she has left a beautiful legacy. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will always have her story as an example of obedience and trust. Her perseverance molded her into a sweet soul who was easy to love. Those who knew her wanted to be like her. I know I did.
What kind of legacy are you building? Neva’s life reminds me to be heaven-minded (Col. 3:1,2). When I die, I want to be remembered for my faithfulness to Christ no matter what. I want my children to be able to view my life as one that glorified God. I want them to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I am resting from my labors in the bosom of my Lord.
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them” (Rev. 14:13).
Suggestions for the Week:
1. Is anything challenging your faithfulness? Determine that no inconvenience, discomfort, or hard thing will keep you from putting God first.
2. Study the life of one who persevered through difficult times (like Job, Abraham, Hannah, or Paul). Perhaps use this as the topic for your family devotionals.
3. Consider your weekly schedule. In what ways are you showing your children/ grandchildren that you are a faithful child of God?
4. Write down how you think you will be remembered.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.
Neva is in the middle with her daughter-in-law on the right.