By Mike Chaffin
Now the acts of King David, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, 30 with all his reign and his might, and the events that happened to him, to Israel, and to all the kingdoms of the lands. 1 Chronicles 29:29-30
Ever wonder how your obituary will read? These last words are once again part of an obituary of a great man of God, David. They are are a listing of the history books and biographies written about David during his lifetime. He and his accomplishments have been spoken about and taught for centuries.
David, called a ‘man after God’s own heart’ left a legacy that continues to this day. He was not perfect in any way. He committed several sins listed in the history of the Old Testament. However, David confessed his sin to God and asked for forgiveness. God was glad to forgive David and blessed him. His life is an example of what to do and what not to do. His life experiences are used as examples of how to succeed, and how easy it is to fall into sin.
Recurring repentance was key to David’s success. He quickly repented, turned from that sin, and stopped. God anointed David for kingship because he knew David’s heart. David consecrated his life to serve God. The key to leaving a legacy begins with repentance. The last word here is legacy.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for forgiving my sins. Help me to live a life of service to you, my family and to others. Let my legacy be such that people have no doubt I am a Christian. In Jesus name, Amen.