We Will Remember
The Old Testament readings in the One Year Bible I use for devotions are currently in Chronicles. Over and over there are comments about Judah’s kings, talking about how they followed God, but not whole-heartedly, or that they followed God as long as a godly mentor was in the lives. But too often comments come up, such as “he followed God until he got strong…” or that at the end of his life pride took over and he either took prideful actions or turned to other gods. These were sad epitaphs on the lives of some kings who had such promise.
One of the songs on one of my playlists says, “May all who come behind us find us faithful. May the fire of our devotion light their way…” For these kings, while there may have been characteristics in them to admire, there was not faithfulness to the end. The legacy they left was flawed.
In truth, we all leave behind flawed legacies, because none of us are perfect. Scratch the surface of any human life and those defects appear—it’s just with some people we don’t have to scratch as deeply as with others. But we can determine to be intentional about finishing well in order to leave a legacy of faithfulness for those who come behind. Such a legacy isn’t some that comes accidentally. It is born through intentionality, desire, and true character.
Fortunately we don’t do this alone—and we shouldn’t try to. We need to appeal to the Lord for help, because our legacy reflects on more than just our good name. As those who profess to follow Him, it reflects on His name, as well. He has a vital interest in the honor of His name, and is delighted when we pray, “Lord, help me to finish well, to leave a legacy that will honor Your name.”
That is what we are really celebrating as EFCCL commemorates 125 years. Yes, we rejoice in the faithfulness of generations of believers whose devotion to the Lord laid the foundation for where we stand today. But more than that, we revel in God’s faithfulness and all that He has done in, through, and to the people who have come together at EFCCL.
While we gladly gather round those who came back to celebrate with us, and reminisce about people and events in our history, what we are really doing is what this anthem says, “We will remember the works of Your hands.” We will stop, and give You praise, for great is Your faithfulness.
This kind of remembering—remembering the work of God’s hands— is vital! Psalm 28:5 indicates that those who do not contemplate the works of God’s hands are in danger of judgment. In our personal lives, and in the life of our congregation, such times are fitting and proper. It was so important to God that His people do this, that He set out regular seasons for celebration and commemoration where they could come together to declare His goodness and love, and His work in their midst. They had a duty to delight in Him and all He had done in and for them.
While the Anniversary Committee and staff have made such commemorations possible for us collectively during the Anniversary celebrations, let us also regularly set aside times to think about how the works of God’s hands have intersected with our own lives. Let us stop, and give Him praise for these things, and pray once again that we will be faithful to leave a legacy that with glorify His name to those who came behind us. Such opportunities will make our walk of faith far more joyful and victorious, as well. What brings Him glory brings us the most good, so let us remember the works of His hands.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries