Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shallnot return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
There is an old country song that speaks of a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher riding on a late night bus heading for Mexico. One was heading on vacation, one for higher education and two of them looking for lost souls. As the story goes this bus was T-boned in a highway intersection by an eighteen wheeler and three of the four passengers died as a result of the accident. As the preacher was about to pass into eternity he placed his blood stained Bible into the hand of the hooker and then passed on. Speaking of the only survivor the song writer said ‘why there was not four (fatalities), heaven only knows’. But one phrase in that song strikes a note of truth to me & I want to share that with you in this faith-byte.
The lyrics of the song stated “I guess it’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind you when you go.” Most all of those who read this realize that the scriptures tell us that “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither:” Job 1:21 That is a universal fact that has been joked about for hundreds of years. But the point I want to make with you is this….. when your days are fulfilled on this earth, what are you leaving behind you? What will your legacy be?
So many of us have asked ourselves, and ‘yes’ in many cases, even asked of God, “what value is my life on the earth?” Well, if you are a Christian today and you have been one of those that has asked this question, I want to leave you with this thought. Our scripture verse above (Isaiah 55:11) says that as God’s Word goes forth it will accomplish what he pleases and prosper in the thing whereto he sent it. In other words when you heard the Word of Truth, it brought faith. When you as a believer in Jesus acted upon that truth of God he caused a transformation to take place in your life that in the words of the Apostle Paul in II Corinthians 5:17 stated ‘old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new’. That was you! If you have made good choices and continued to walk in that truth, there is a ripple affect that takes place. Your testimony is ‘read’ by all men and in many cases has been instrumental in leading others to Jesus simply because of the impact that God had in your life. You see, others can see God at work in the life of a believer, whether you realize that it is happening or not.
The Psalms speak prophetically about how the life of a believer after it is changed by the Power of God is seen of others who in turn gain a new reverence for God (fear of God) and turn to Him in trust! Your life counts!!!
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” Psalms 40:3
The end of the old country song concluded by saying “That’s the story that our preacher told last Sunday” as he held up that blood-stained Bible for everyone to see. God bless the farmer, and the teacher…..and the preacher who gave this Bible to my mamma, who then read it to me.
The moral of the story simply is this: the life of one committed follower of Jesus can (and will) have an impact on those they come in contact with in their lives. The life that may be impacted can be a result of what God is doing through you!