“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do NOT see.This is what the ancients were commended for.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)
Stop right here. The ancients (our ancestors) were celebrated and remembered because of their faith? Wow. Not bank accounts or fame or trends or likes. Just Faith. Simple hard core faith.
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. These were all commended for their faith, yet NONE of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for US so that only together with us would THEY be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:3,39,40)
Saints of God
All those saints of God (so many) gone before us? The world was NOT worthy of them – their faith, their tenacity, their fight, their sacrifices, their bravery, their willingness to give their lives. The Bible heroes! All the beloved people in YOUR bloodline! ALL the ancients!
But even after ALL that, they can NOT be made perfect without US in this present day.
What? This is SO deep and noteworthy!
God prepared something better for US? Like, they need US to step up on their behalf? They need US to finish their race? THIS is mind blowing to me. And the WHY of why we cannot erase our history nor cancel out our future. It is WHY today matters so much. The three are intertwined – there really can not be one without the other two.
Thus why you see chaos escalating and evil abounding because our past is being erased, our present day is being jeopardized by ignorance and our future is being canceled. I don’t think I ever understood how much I was connected to my ancestors and how much MY life will matter to those yet to be born.
It is so sobering when you finally grasp that everything you do or say MATTERS. We are not islands unto ourselves – we are not just here for our own pleasure and intents. We are here to carry on a legacy given to us from those who came before us, and then for US to pass on to those ahead of us. It is HUGELY important to remember how connected we really are.
It makes sense then for Satan to want to erase history. Just think about that for a minute. No history – no experiences – no lessons learned – no battles won – no memories or remembrances – a blank sheet of nothingness. If we forget who we are, and where we came from, we can NOT find out where we are going. It just doesn’t play out like that. For the future, you need history.
We need to hold ourselves responsible to be good stewards of time and history. Those who have gone before us, are waiting for us to finish the race. THIS is HUGE. Without us it is as if nothing they did or survived or conquered, mattered. Run to finish and run to win. History will tell all.
Here is a good mathematical equation for you to ponder – If you have a doubt as to whether or not your place in this life journey matters, here ya go:
Here is a look at a family tree:
16 second great-grandparents
32 third great-grandparents
64 fourth great-grandparents
128 fifth great-grandparents
256 sixth great-grandparents
512 seventh great-grandparents
1.024 eighth great-grandparents
2,048 eighth great-grandparents
In order for YOU to be born, you needed 12 previous generations; a total of 4,094 ancestors over a 400 year period. SO, You mattered then – you matter now – you’ll still matter another 400 years from now.
Make YOUR life count “to a thousand generations”. “March on, my soul; be strong!” (Judges 5:21)
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