2 Kings 4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
What will you be remembered for? David will always be remembered as a warrior and a “man after God’s own heart”. Solomon will be remembered for his wisdom. Moses will be remembered as a great prophet, “more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth,” and the one that led the children of Israel out of bondage. If you examine closely you will see that these great men were remembered for their passion, accomplishments or how God sees them.
Among the list of things that you will want to be remembered for, add to that list to be known for the fear of the Lord. The prophet spoken of in 2 Kings 4:1 was remembered for his fear of the Lord and that opened his family to favour of the Lord even after his death. The fear of God was his legacy. After his death, his creditors came to take his two sons as slaves, but his wife cried out to remind Elisha that her husband feared God. That got Elisha’s attention; your fear of God will cause you to get God’s attention. Elisha instructed the woman to borrow many vessels from her neighbours and pour oil until all her vessels were full. She did just that and then sold the oil and paid off the debts and she and her sons lived off the rest.
Like the prophet that died, it is possible that you may not accomplish all that you want to in this life, but by leaving a legacy of the fear of the Lord, you will position those that you leave behind to be the benefactors of those things that you hoped for plus a continuous stream of God’s favour.
Life Application: Make a conscious decision to be remembered in every environment you enter as one that feared God so much that you honoured his word at all cost.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to be known for one who fears you. Let me honour you in all that I do and say and let my life please you. In Jesus name, amen.