Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.~Matthew 6:19-20 NIV
We never know when our last day will be. Only the Father knows. But whether our last day will find us caught up with the saints to meet Christ in the air, or drawing our last breath on some other appointed day, there is a day that will be our last one.
A friend of mine passed away recently. I don’t know his life story, but my spirit recognized him as a brother and treasured friend. He had a heart for the lost and the broken. He was a man of great compassion because he had also suffered heartaches, disappointments, and losses in his life.
These losses are bittersweet. Losing a loved one is tough.
While I will surely miss my friend, I am grateful for the rearrangement of priorities that so often come hand-in-hand with these life-altering events. Reality shakes us awake, and the fog temporarily clears long enough for us to realize, once again, what is truly important in this life.
My friend took nothing with him. However, as he shed his earthly body, he left behind a godly legacy in the hearts and minds of many.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, Contributing Author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
My friend took nothing with him. However, as he shed his earthly body, he left behind a godly legacy in the hearts and minds of many. And as his eyes closed here for the last time, they open anew to the welcome of those who have gone on before him, and the long-awaited embrace of his Savior Jesus Christ.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.~John 14:2-3 NKJV
I wonder what legacy I will leave one day with my passing. Which treasures will I have been wise enough to send on ahead of my arrival home? How about you, friend? Will you leave a legacy? What is more important, is, do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? He is preparing a place for you in heaven. Make sure you are ready to meet Him there.
What legacy are you leaving behind?
Father God, teach us to live mindful of the gift of each day. Help us to live joyfully and with great courage, taking advantage of every opportunity to leave a mark for Your kingdom. Show us how to love people and use things, and not the other way around, and to store up for ourselves eternal treasures. Lord, may we live each day as if it were our last, with open hands, a clear conscience, and our priorities in order. And when You call us home, may we be ready to go with You.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen. ❤️
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
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