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Leaving a Good Legacy

12 January 2016
Pete Hodge
Leaving a Good Legacy
Leaving a Good Legacy

A man goes to his doctor and says "I don't think my wife's hearing is as good as it used to be, what should I do?" The doctor replies: "Try this test to find out for sure. When your wife is in the kitchen doing dishes, stand fifteen feet behind her and ask her a question, if she doesn't respond keep moving closer asking the question until she hears you." The man goes home and sees his wife preparing dinner. He stands fifteen feet behind her and says "What's for dinner, honey?" No response. He moves to ten feet behind her and asks again, no response. Five feet, no answer. Finally he stands directly behind her and says, "Honey, what's for supper?" She says, "For the fourth time, I SAID CHICKEN!"


Are we hearing right? God has challenged me over the years about "passing on the baton" During this time Maggie Richards, a Christian artist, was also challenged to paint this picture, her words, “Commissioned by God” to paint picture for me. It now has prominent place on wall in my study.



Are we hearing right? God has challenged me over the years about "passing on the baton" During this time Maggie Richards, a Christian artist, was also challenged to paint this picture, her words, “Commissioned by God” to paint picture for me. It now has prominent place on wall in my study.



With this in mind I want to look at Caleb – a man of faith what great verses there are in Num 13 -14. Moses under God’s direction picks one ‘Rep’ from each tribe sends into Canaan – spy out promised land – “That I am giving you” Joshua & Caleb were 40 years old walked in promise of God and obedience – Caleb had vision backed by promise of God.



Warren Weisbe says: Caleb was a man of spiritual vision, as well as spiritual vitality, and these two qualities led to spiritual victory.



God said: Num 14:23-24 No-one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.



Francis Schaeffer wrote: “Caleb was not following a new principle. This was the principle of his life. When he was a spy, he was faithful to God saying the conquest could be achieved. Under Joshua, we can be sure, he continued in battle with confidence. When the heart of the land was broken, he reaffirmed his principle of trusting God by not turning aside into these other cul-de-sacs. So a section of the promised land fell into Caleb’s hands while the others were sitting in the midst of peace and tribute and not possessing the promises of God.”



Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly…



I want that said of me… I do not simply want “He was one of the lads!” He was a man of vision who ‘Became part of them’ – we need Caleb’s – he took the land at the age of 85! (Joshua 14:6-15)



A generation missed the Promised Land because they were living in unbelief but Caleb carried the promise. For 45 years he carried the promise. In his old age he did not settle for simply "lead me beside still waters."[Psalm 23] Caleb had a Pioneering spirit that caught hold of God’s promises and with it - He drove out the giants.



Unbelief looks at the giants, Faith looks to God.



I pray that God would give us all ' a Caleb spirit ' that pushes past unbelief. For 45 years he carried it, as he watched his children, then his grandchildren growing up “I’m going to get it for you.” He would tell them the stories of giants he’d seen – no match for a man of faith.



Question is:- What sort of baton was he passing on?



“One day I am going to get those suckers!” Now 85, I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me (Joshua 14:11-12) The hill country, land of giants and strong fortified cities – wasn’t “give me a quiet spot by the river” What was he passing on?



Be encouraged, There’s something about older people of faith youngsters love: Alex Buchanan/ Wynn Lewis – men of faith – who can tell of exploits but still be expectant!! God said of Caleb He has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly. Num 14:24.



Would God say that of us?



This is part one of Pete's exploration of Legacy and passing on the baton well. Next Month, Pete will explore this theme further and give six ways to leave a good legacy.



Pete Hodge has been an OAC Evangelist in Cardiff since 1983, proclaiming the Gospel in many areas of the Welsh Capital - pioneering the Schools work in the City, and trained many others to do the work in Wales.

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