Creating a legacy of Destiny : Part 1
Have you done something today that you would say is valuable?
- You wasted a whole day of your life if you did not.
Without thinking too hard, what have you done?
- this week
- last year
What excuses have you made if you have done nothing valuable
- Too busy?
- Too tired?
- Too little resources?
- Too little concern for others & too much concern about self
The destiny of the young generation today depends on the legacy and the heritage that this generation of leaders creates and leaves for them.
- We hear so many young people today, blaming the past for the wrongs that have plagued them.
God says to them:
- I know the plans I have for you
- They are plans to prosper you and not to harm you
- Plans to give you a hope and a future
- In this generation, you have a window of opportunity
- To be a part of God’s plan of leaving a destiny of hope for the future
- For the generation that will come after you.
Look at a follower of Jesus who got it right when so many others didn’t.
- It was not Peter, James or John
- It wasn’t any of the other disciples
- It was not a great religious leader
- It wasn’t even a family member
It was one follower had insight into his mission
- Spiritual perception to understand what he came to accomplish
- Created a legacy of destiny
It was a woman
- Mary (Mary & Martha)
- Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus
- Martha was preparing a feast
- Mary was not helping, she was just sitting - listening
- Martha became frustrated and rebuked Mary
- Jesus then rebuked Martha – and said Mary has chosen what is good
- Something that will never taken away from her
Mary did something so significant, that Jesus said
“Wherever the gospel is preached – this would be a memorial, a legacy"
What did she do?
- Preach a great sermon
- Pray a great prayer
- Perform a great miracle
Religious leaders wanted Jesus dead
- Passover, many people in town for the feast
- Afraid of a revolt
Jesus decided to go to Simon’s house at Bethany
- John 12 – where Lazarus was raised
- Lazarus was there
- Mary & Martha were there
- As usual Martha was serving
vv3 – Mary broke a flask of perfume and poured all of it on Jesus head
Spikenard was a very costly perfume
- It was imported from India
- The custom was to poor a few drops of men after travelled, to make them smell good
- Mary poured out the whole bottle
Some of the guests were indignant
- Their response was – “What a waste!!”
- In John 12 - Judas gets out his calculator and calculates the cost at 300 denarii
- That is the equivalent of 1 years wages ($25,000)
- They said he have given this to the poor
- They wondered if this was the right thing to do?
- They debated about whether it wa really good stewardship?
- They asked, “Is this really necessary?”
This is typical of so many people today
- They only give/do what’s necessary – the barest minimum
- Their attitude is “how little can I do but still be sure about going to heaven”
- They set aside the minimum amount of time for prayer/worship/service
- They are the ones who say, “If I won the lottery I’d give it all to the ministry”
- Yet they are giving nothing now
It was said of the early believers,
- “These are the men turned the world upside down…”
- Maybe the reason is that instead of looking to get away with the minimum, they went beyond the ordinary/beyond reasonable/beyond necessary
- They totally abandoned themselves, and risked the extra-ordinary
- “Ordinary men, no training, education – see they have been with Jesus”
- Do people say that about you?
- After church – does it look like you have been with Jesus?
A waiter a restaurant commented about Christians who ate at the restaurant after church on Sunday:
- She said they all sat in non-smoking area
- But what they really needed was a non-gossiping area
- What a sad testimony about people who had just “Been in the Lord’s house”
Mary totally abandoned herself to do something for the Lord
- Nothing was too much or too good
- She gave the best
- She gave it all
It seems like sitting at the feet of Jesus paid off
It stirred her heart to go beyond what was considered just enough
A Danish sculptor created a statue of Jesus. It’s designed in such a way that if you stand in front of the statue, you cannot see Jesus’ face.
But at the foot of the statue is a sign which says:
“If you sit at his feet you can see his face.”
vv5 The dinner guests criticized Mary sharply
They were indignant = feel pain/grieve/growl with displeasure
Judas sounded very spiritual by suggesting the gift could have benefitted the poor
But things are not always as they appear
vv6 – 9 Jesus was honored
He said that she had done is good, that she has done what she could
What she has done will be a memorial to her
She created a legacy
- Because she had a sense of destiny
- She did what she did because she understood that Jesus would do what he did
- She had insight/perception of what was to come – a sense of destiny
- Before anyone else understood – she anointed Jesus body for burial
You leave a legacy of destiny
When you have insight of what is to come
EG: Things are not always as they seem
- There will be those that are critical of you
- Some will sound very spiritual
- Some will mock you, “Look at the pastor, feeding/playing with kids, hanging around with orphans, going to schools to talk about AIDS.”
- There will be those that say, “What a waste!!”
- You should be praying/preaching/performing miracles.”
- Do you think you can stop everybody from getting AIDS?
- Do you think you can feed everyone who is hungry?
- Do you think you can make a difference for all these orphans
- Do you think you can save your whole village?
Notice - Mary did not preach/pray/prophecy – she did what she could
You can do what you can
- You can’t do everything but you can do something
- You can’t feed all/help all but you can feed some and you can help some
- You can’t change the whole continent but you can change your community
The destiny of a generation is at stake
- For a generation that is hopeless & helpless
- A generation that could have the opportunity to look back with bitterness
- You are creating a heritage of love/care/compassion/hope
- You are leaving a legacy
- What you do will be remembered as a memorial by those who come after
“Let us not grow weary in doing good
“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all men…………”