February 13, 2018

Genesis 46:5–7 (NLT) — 5 So Jacob left Beersheba, and his sons took him to Egypt. They carried him and their little ones and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had provided for them. 6 They also took all their livestock and all the personal belongings they had acquired in the land of Canaan. So Jacob and his entire family went to Egypt—7 sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters—all his descendants.

As Jacob leaves the land of Canaan with all of his family, none of them will return they will all die in Egypt. What godly influence did they leave behind? When we leave this earth what godly influence have we left behind? Is our city and neighborhood better off because we lived there? Did we leave people with a more accurate picture of Jesus?

When Jacob left the people of the land had seen him quarrel with his brother, lie to his father, they had seen his sons kill the people of Shechem because their sister had been raped, the brothers did away with Joseph, there were always quarrels going on amongst family members and Rueben slept with his father’s maid, Judah’s sons were so wicked that God killed them, Judah slept with his dead son’s wife thinking she was a prostitute and fathered twins from her. What godly witness did Canaan have from God’s chosen people? However God was still there to guide Jacob and his family. Oh the patience, the longsuffering, and the grace of God!

Will people cheer when we are gone or will they be saddened? Will we be remembered as people who brought life to the community and were a blessing to the neighborhood? We must anticipate that we will not be here forever and the day our witness ceases what kind of witness was it?

Acts 9:36–39 (NLT) — 36 There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. 37 About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. 38 But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!” 39 So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them.

Romans 16:19 (NLT) — 19 But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.

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