Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. [The Lord said] “He is faithful in all my house.” (Numbers 12:3, 7 / ESV, brackets added)
We build spiritual legacy one day at a time.
It’s been said we should live each day as if we were living out our desired eulogy. In that context, what will my personal spiritual legacy be? What daily habits should I exhibit to achieve my desired spiritual legacy? How should I live my life to ensure a spiritual legacy that is pleasing and acceptable to God?
Characteristics of a Spiritual Legacy
In today’s passage we read several things about Moses that reveal his legacy – a spiritual legacy that was pleasing in God’s sight. He was “meek” – more so than everyone else in the entire world. The word meek here means humble or lowly of mind or even gentle-minded. Not to be confused with “weakness,” the characteristic of meekness is explained as strength under control. Moses had the leadership skills and characteristics to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt, yet he also exhibited the invaluable characteristic of humility.
Additionally, God recognized him as faithful. He was faithful in his representation of the people of Israel before God. Faithful in presenting God’s mind (His will, His direction, His commands, etc.) to the people. Faithfulness implies being trustworthy, steadfast, reliable, or dedicated. Sure, Moses had his ups and downs, his successes and failures. Yet God acknowledged him as faithful. Moses committed each day to live in a way that was pleasing and acceptable to God.
That is exactly what Paul urges each Christian to do. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 / NKJV)
Humility and faithfulness are two behavioral characteristics defined over time by the nature of daily actions. May it be our daily prayer and manner of life to embed these two traits in our spiritual legacy.
- In what ways can we exhibit humility in our daily actions?
- What activities can we do to be considered faithful?
- How and what type of spiritual legacy am I building?