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)
A spiritual legacy is built 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 our personal spiritual legacy be? What daily habits should be exhibited to achieve our desired spiritual legacy? How should we live our life to ensure a spiritual legacy that is pleasing and acceptable to God?
In today’s passage we read several things about Moses that reveal his legacy – a spiritual legacy that was pleasing in God’s sight. We find that he was “meek” – more so than everyone else in the entire world. The word “meek” that is used here means humble or lowly of mind – or even gentle-minded. Not to be confused with “weakness,” the characteristic of meekness has been 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.
We also find God recognized him as being faithful – he was faithful in his representation of the people of Israel before God; he was faithful in the presenting of God’s mind (His will, His direction, His commands, etc.) to the people. The word faithful implies trustworthy, steadfast, reliable, or dedicated. Sure, Moses had his ups and downs, his successes and failures. Yet God recognized him as faithful – he was committed to living each day in a manner 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 – two behavioral characteristics that are defined over time by the nature of our actions each day. It should be our daily prayer and manner of life to have these two traits listed in our spiritual legacy.
- What are some ways we can exhibit humility in our daily actions?
- What are some things we can do to be considered faithful?
- What type of spiritual legacy are you building?