What will be our Legacy? – By Zac Page

We all long to make a lasting difference! We all hope to leave a lasting legacy. However, often our lives become incredibly busy as we try to accomplish as much as possible. As a result, what then becomes of our legacy?

J.N. Andrews, an Adventist Pioneer, was an incredibly busy man, but he left an amazing legacy. A major part of this was his book “History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week.” Because Elder Andrews slept in a bed in the Review office while writing this book, he found it difficult to find a private place to pray during the day.

M.S. Boyd, a firsthand observer, recounts the story:

“Elder Andrews said he must find a place where he could pray for divine help and clarity of thought. He searched through the building, but could find no place for retirement except in an attic, where back numbers of the periodicals were stored. This he converted into his sanctum, and frequently we would see him winding his way through the composing room to an almost perpendicular ladder which led to that dimly lighted, ill-ventilated place, where he would spend hours pleading for wisdom to present correctly the truths that have since enlightened the world regarding the history of the Sabbath”(M.S. Boyd, “The First Italian Tract,” Review and Herald, September 18, 1924, p. 61).

What an incredible example of prioritizing much time in prayer! Should we be surprised at the eternal impact of J. N. Andrew’s work? Ellen White clearly states: “Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by the merit of Christ, will in the end prove to have been efficient for good” (The Desire of Ages, p. 362).

Now, to be honest, when things get busy, when we are behind at work, when we wonder how we are going to accomplish everything we need to do — How often do we take time out during the day to pray? When a committee or board meeting is going frustratingly long, the last thing many want to hear is: “Let’s spend some time praying together.” But scripture is clear, “…effective, fervent prayer… avails much” (James 5:16).

Clearly, we’ve got to change our priorities!

“None need feel that they are too busy to pray, too full of business cares to spend an occasional fifteen minutes to seek counsel from God. My brethren, make God your entire dependence. When you do otherwise, then it is time for a halt to be called. Stop right where you are, and change the order of things” (Manuscript 24, 1891).

Zac Page is pastor of Templeton Hills Seventh-day Adventist church in Central California. He and his wife Leah are passionate about prayer and about helping people develop a genuine authentic walk with God.

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4543060842_e4fdb33047_bPractical Application: 

It’s easy to miss important things in life because of busyness or lack of prioritizing as our lives are consumed with minor or worldly matters.

We want to encourage you to take a few moments to write out some spiritual goals that you’d like to accomplish in the coming months or this next year. Then write out some intentional ways that you could help make those goals come to fruition. Maybe it’s getting up earlier so you can have more quality time with God, or cutting out an unnecessary activity or hobby. Ask God to show you how He wants you move forward, and then claim His promises as you obey what He asks of you.

Inspiration tells us:

“Whenever minor matters occupy the attention, the divine power which is necessary for the growth and prosperity of the church, and which would bring all other blessings in its train, is lacking, though offered in infinite plenitude…For the daily baptism of the Spirit every worker should offer his petition to God. Companies of Christian workers should gather to ask for special help, for heavenly wisdom, that they may know how to plan and execute wisely. The presence of the Spirit with God’s workers will give the proclamation of truth a power that not all the honor or glory of the world could give” (Acts of the Apostles, p. 50).

“To those who in humility of heart seek for divine guidance, angels of God draw near. The Holy Spirit is given to open to them the rich treasures of the truth” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 59).

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us learn what it means to make You our first priority. Help us learn to dig deeply into Your Word that our roots will run deep and we will be able to leave a lasting legacy for Your glory. In Psalm 1:1-3 You tell us, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” This is what we pray for. We want our lives to prosper and bear fruit for Your Kingdom. Please help us to put away the minor matters that consume our time and keep us away from You. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!

Promises to Claim: Ps. 27:4