What will people remember about me when I’m no longer here? That might seem like a morbid question, but during times like these, I imagine it is a question that many are asking themselves, especially if they have been diagnosed with COVID-10. It is a legitimate question, after all, one day we will all breath our final breath here on earth. In today’s text for Blogging Through The Bible In 2020, Joshua is going to talk about his legacy, and we will see it firsthand. Joshua 24:31 says, “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.”
Joshua has come to the end of his life. He is giving his farewell address to them. This farewell address isn’t about what he has done in his life. Rather, Joshua recounts God’s faithfulness to him and to the nation of Israel from the very beginning. Joshua not only makes a bold claim of who he has served, but he also says that his family will follow in his footsteps. This is something that our text today shows us they did, at least for a time. Joshua in his farewell address, also warns Israel of the danger of making a rash vow and not following through on it. Joshua was being a loving, caring spiritual father to the nation. We see the result of godly leadership in our text, because Israel continued to serve the Lord for at least a time following Joshua’s death. The interesting thing that our text points out is that their continued faithfulness to God appears to be tied somewhat to the fact that the elders who served after Joshua continued to share with the people all that God had done. As long as God’s faithfulness was kept in front of them, they seemed to willingly serve the Lord. What a powerful lesson for us all. we are all prone to forget, and when we forget God’s faithfulness to us, it is much easier to stray from God.
When was the last time you shared with your family or someone else some of the ways that God has been faithful to you? When was the last time that you just stopped and praised God for all He has done and is doing in your life? We are all going to die one day, and people will gather to remember us, what will they remember about you? While people may remember some of what we said, they will remember much more of what we did. Let’s make sure that our walk matches our talk, and then we will leave something far more valuable than an inheritance to our family, we will leave them a godly legacy.
By His grace and for His glory,