At the end of his life, David knew his legacy was about to play out. His son, Solomon, built the Temple of the Lord. At the ground-breaking, David spoke the words above to Solomon as a commission.
Freedom doesn’t just happen, friend. Freedom takes engagement. It means revisiting old things and putting them to rest for good. It means clearing out old patterns of thought, and any false teaching we’ve received. And it means moving out in action and decision. It takes work.
But it also means resting from our striving to be good enough. It means abiding and remaining in focus on the truth that the God of the universe loves you, chose you, and will never forsake you. John famously recorded Jesus’ words in his gospel: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
My grandfather was an alcoholic. A happy drunk, but a drunk nonetheless. It caused great anxiety for my grandmother for most of their life together. He came face-to-face with Jesus at a tent revival in 1968. He never picked up a bottle again. To this day, what I remember of him was a joy-filled man who loved Jesus and golf. In that order. And that he had a laugh that came from deep inside him. I might have inherited that!
You, friend, have a spiritual legacy to leave. For good or for ill, you will leave a legacy. Whatever has come before this moment is past. You can learn to let it go and never let it control you again. You can forge a new, different life that your children and grandchildren talk about, long after you’re gone. That, friend, is freedom.
Your story isn’t completely written yet. So be strong, and do the work your children and grandchildren will talk about.
What is it that you hope your children and grandchildren say about you someday? What is it that you hope God says about you? Write it down. Live into it. For more, take a listen to this song today.