“By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying,
made mention of the departure of the children of Israel,
and gave instructions concerning his bones.”
Hebrews 11:20-22 , NKJV
Some may make an impact, but only a few will have lasting influence. An impact is short lived, but influence is long enjoyed. So great was the faith and commitment of Abraham that we observe its effects to the third generation in his children and children’s children. Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph all ended well. They made mistakes, at times appeared to be colossal failures, but they believed God. And, like their father, Abraham, they too enjoyed the blessing of a life of faith. Even these, at their time of death, did not see the final fulfillment of God’s promise; but by faith, they embraced God’s faithfulness. Even today, as we study, we are influenced by Abraham and his family of faith.
God challenges us to prove Him faithful to His promise. In Malachi 3:8-10, God encourages us to put Him to the test. The influence of our lives will be in direct proportion to our personal faith experiences with God. As we test and as we trust, we are refined in faith, and we increase in influence for God. God is glorified when His people leave this world with their flag flying at full mast. We are challenged to look beyond death.
“My most cherished possession I wish I could leave you is my faith in Jesus Christ, for with Him and nothing else you can be happy, but without Him and with all else you will never be happy.” -Patrick Henry
QUESTION: What will be your legacy for future generations? Will it be a living legacy of influence by faith? How can your faith bring greater influence in your family?