Digging a Legacy
Daily Devotional for June 15th
Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. John 4:5-7
In Ecclesiastes 2:18, Solomon expressed the vanity that laboring for worldly things would be left for another to enjoy. His statement is understandable in the carnal sense, but laboring for God’s will always leave a legacy. Your impact on the world for the kingdom of God will never be able to be measured in this present world. You can wake up every morning seeking to walk in obedience to God’s will and still not see the change God can make through you. One thing is for certain, doing our own thing may result in an unfruitful errand, but fulfilling God’s will in our life has far greater results and rewards.
Jesus came to meet a woman at Jacob’s well! What a phenomenal statement! Jacob’s well was hewn out of stone and dirt some 1700 years before Christ came. Did Jacob realize his well would be a supply to his descendants for thousands of years to come or even used by the Saviour? Has the Lord placed upon your heart something He wants you to do? If so, be obedient to Him even though you may not see the results. Sometimes you must sew in hope. Sometimes you must work in faith trusting that God will bring forth the results He wants.
Do you realize how important your work for God is? When God lays out His plan for your life, He has much more in sight that what is before you. Down through the ages, the plan of God fulfilled in an individual’s life carried far more weight than the servant could see. Solomon built the first temple of God that became Israel’s place of sacrifice to God. Stephen could never have realized the impact he would have on the world. He wasn’t even an apostle, but his obedience and faithfulness to the work of God resulted in the conversion of one of the most influential Christians of all time; the apostle Paul. Paul would go on to right scripture that we study and enjoy almost 2000 years later.
Would you believe that Jacob’s well still exists today? This well has been around over 4000 years. It supplied water in Jacob’s generation, during the time of Jesus and afterward. What is your calling? What is your work for God? What has the Lord dealing with your heart about? Be faithful to obey God in the vocation wherein you are called. Lay your hand to the plow and work for God. Take hold and dig in obedience! Your obedience will bring for waters of life that the Holy Spirit will work through. Your work for God today will have lasting effects in the world long after you’re gone on to Heaven.