DRAWING A LEGACY

The way we live our lives have profound impact on the generations after us. Blessed people understand that the only thing they have to prepare is their legacy: what they can do to bless the next generation.

All of us have different legacies we can leave behind: money, possessions, connections, reputations, etc. But we all share one legacy – the legacy of faith.

LEGACY OF FAITH

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. 2 Timothy 1.6-9 (NIV)

RESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVEN

The church in Ephesus did not listen to Timothy they way they had listened to Paul. Timothy still had not earned their respect. The church thought Timothy was too young to lead. And Timothy started to listen to them.

Young people are often frustrated because they feel people are not giving them a fair chance. They believe they are ready. They have the knowledge. They know that they have prepared themselves. So why don’t people just let them do what they are supposed to do?

Young people need to understand: respect is earned not given. Sometimes people don’t see potential. Sometimes people do not want to wait for you to figure it out. Don’t blame people for not giving you respect. Earn your respect.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

Paul helped Timothy by reminding Timothy about 3 things:

1. His Faith Legacy

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. V.5

Timothy’s mother and grandmother were faithful people. He was raised as a believer. He knew the Scripture and the teachings of the apostles. This legacy of faith matters.

2. His Annointing

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. V. 6

The Spirit of the Living God is in Timothy. Paul was the one who laid his hands on him. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in Timothy.

3. His Calling

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. V. 9

Holiness means being set apart to be used by God. God is the one who puts Timothy in Ephesus. It is his divine plan and purpose. Timothy should not be afraid of the people who oppose him.

BE WHO YOU ARE

When we become the people who God wants us to be, then we will not be timid. We can be confident because we know our legacy, our anointing, and our calling.

Just like Paul, we must always remind the next generation who they are in Christ.

Just like Timothy, we must not be afraid to do what God has called us to do. It is not our mentors or our parents who put us where we are, it is the God of the universe. If he is with us, what can be against us?