To understand the significance of legacy, let’s first look at your value and worth, not just to humankind, but also to Almighty God. The world reached a milestone in 2012—the population of the earth reached over seven billion people. Remarkably, not a single one of these seven billion people are just like you. You are extremely precious and special to God. You have heard the statement, “You’re one in a million!” But that’s not true. Actually, you’re one in seven billion!
You are divinely unique, one of a kind. You were created by God for God, and you have value and worth beyond your wildest imagination. All the redemptive things that God has done, He would have done even if you had been the only person who needed them. The truth is, God’s great plans started for you before you were ever born. Let the magnitude of this passage in Psalm 139:13-18 encourage you:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me (NLT).
Always remember that you were chosen by God for God; therefore, you have divine purpose. You were chosen by God in eternity past, to live in the present, and to forge the future (see Eph. 2:10).
As I mentioned previously, when John Donne wrote, “No man is an island,” he was telling the truth! Our lives have a tremendous impact on others, for good or bad, to help them or hurt them. Consider this little question with potentially big results—“If every person on earth was just like me, what kind of world would this world be?”
It is a massive mistake to underestimate your God-given potential. Stop thinking that you’re not important, that your life is insignificant and does not matter. This type of misguided, erroneous thinking will rob both you and your descendants, and it can even devastate their spiritual destiny. Shake yourself, lift your head, and gain the courage you need to face each day knowing that you have been given divine purpose and will, consequently, have power.
Never allow doubt and discouragement to grip your heart again. Doubtless, the devil is behind this type of attitude. He knows all too well that if you gain an understanding of your value and worth to God, it will change your whole outlook and transform your entire life. You will begin to live your life according to the way you think about yourself in your heart (see Prov. 23:7).
God Himself has given you life, which means you are inexpressibly valuable and important to Him. You have “friends in high places” (see John 15:15). You might protest, “I have no great fortune or large inheritance to pass down to my descendants.” But as I said before, the most valuable thing you can bequeath to your children is not gold and silver, precious stones, or stocks and bonds. Such gifts are good, but the best gift is godly character and a good name. This is the true treasure that robbers can’t steal and rust can’t tarnish (see Matt. 6:20).
The entire message of the Bible reveals that the greatest thing you can pass down to your children is not a huge bank account, but rather a godly lifestyle, a good name, and honest character.
Don’t underestimate yourself, thinking that you’re not significant. Nothing could be more distant from the truth (see John 3:16). You matter first and foremost to God. It was His plan to create you and to give you life, and He paid the ultimate price for your redemption (see 1 Pet. 1:19). God’s love for each person is evident in light of the sacrifice God provided to save us. Scripture affirms that the greatest display of love occurs when a person gives up his life for another (see John 15:13). That is what Jesus did for us.
Second, not only are you valuable to God, but you matter to others, especially your loved ones. Even if you have not been aware of it, your life has bearing and influence upon people around you. Your life is an open book read by all people (see 2 Cor. 3:2).
Clearly, you are important. God has a plan that only you can fulfill (see Eph. 2:10), and you are perfectly tailored for the works that God has prepared for you to accomplish (see Phil. 2:13). You are not here by accident, but for a divine purpose. You were chosen by God for His lofty purposes. Again, I want to emphasize that, though over seven billion people inhabit this planet, not a single person is just like you. You are truly and divinely unique. God has counted the number of the hairs on your head, and you can be confident that His plans for you are wonderful (see Isa. 55:9). His thoughts toward you are simply amazing (see Ps. 40:5). In fact, Scripture reveals that God’s thoughts toward you are more numerous than all the grains of sand in the entire world:
My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.
(Ps. 139:15-18 AMP)
Hopefully, by now you are convinced of your value in God’s eyes and the positive impact that He has created you to have on your own life and on the lives of many others. In my book, I will discuss how to release blessings and protection upon your family and your descendants. The power of proclamation is enormous! You have been given an outstanding sphere and scope of authority with people, especially your bloodline. My goal is to teach you to use that authority and help you learn how to speak and release divine blessings and break family line curses.
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