Ephesians 1:17-19 (ESV)
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
Philippians 2:1-4 (ESV)
Christ’s Example of Humility
2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Acts 16:5 (ESV)
5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
1 Timothy 6:17-18 (ESV)
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
1 Timothy 6:19 (ESV)
19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1) Of all the time we could have existed God chose now.
Acts 17:26-27 (ESV)
26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
2) God wants through His church to leave a legacy.
Ephesians 3:10 (ESV)
10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 3:21 (ESV)
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
3) Doesn’t your heart burn when you think about being a part of something remembered forever?
Psalm 112:9 (NLT)
They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.