“How will it end?” – Hebrews 11:21

Hebrews 11:21

“By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.”

Ever thought about how you will die? It’s more important to focus on how you will end, instead of how you will die. I have stood over many a bed and watched individuals take their last breath. Some were glorious and filled with the presence of God; some were horrendous confrontations spewing vitriol.

Jacob was a changed man! He started as a deceiver when he stole the birthright of Esau. His experience of wrestling with an angel transformed him into a man of God. He had a new promise and purpose for living. In this verse, he is blessing his grandchildren as he draws his last breath in worship.
One of the best things you can legacy to your family is an assurance they see within you a relationship with Christ – leaving no question mark over your eternal destination.
I wrote a song to my children in 2010 – here is the chorus…

“I wish to leave you Jesus, His grace for you to claim;
to trust Him with your whole life, and give your family His name.
Of all the things I leave you, one gift will remain;
a life filled with Jesus, His legacy proclaimed.”

I have no control over when or how I will die…
but as for me, I pray to “End Well!”

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions: 
  • Have you ever considered your legacy as a form of worship? What are ways that you are setting up your legacy today? 
  • Imagine your death bed, what are the words that you would speak to those around you as a form of blessing? 
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Jim Sellers, Minister of Music and YAH Director
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