{May 30, 2021}

Heartland Community Church


Leaving A Legacy

By Chris Woodward

When I was struggling through college my spiritual mentor introduced me to a thought, a planted seed that grew in my mind. It is something that I think about each day. When talking about leadership, he always stated, “Leadership really happens when you are gone, when you leave. The people function as if you were still there, or like you never were there.” 

What a great statement for us to remember when looking at our community, family, and those we are bringing along in following Jesus. The seeds we plant today, the actions we take, will create opportunities for tomorrow. 

This thought has really influenced my relationships. It is my opinion that true leadership turns into legacy when a person follows, finds, curates, and grows similar leaders. This foundational element is a recurrent theme throughout scripture. God provides leaders that turn into legacies.m Abraham with his family, Moses with Joshua, Jesus with his followers. Mentors with learners. Imperfect people following a perfect God.

Abraham was one person that understood building a legacy. It is said that he did not always follow in the way that made his life easy or the way with least resistance. He endured many “learning opportunities.” At the end, Abraham must have had a flashback full of pain and pride when, in Genesis 21:1-4 had been blessed “in every way.” In this passage Abraham wanted the best for his son Isaac. Abraham shows his love to his son by asking the servant to find a wife for him to set himself up for success. Abraham’s hope is that this woman with his son Isaac will help to ensure the legacy that had been promised by God.  

As we look ahead, can you think of planting moments that can bring success to yourself and others? Often, sowing seeds can happen in a moment. Like smiling to the cashier, opening the door for someone, or giving to help others. When our kids see how we treat strangers in the store they see how important the person behind the counter is. When we take the extra moment to give a kind word for a job well done. When we choose our quiet time over screen time. The choices we make can seed our lives with opportunities for legacy and the showing of love.    


{sunday 5.30.21}

Read 1 Corinthians 15:36-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Consider the concept of planting seeds in the lives of people in order to leave a legacy. What do these verses teach us about this act of faith? Who has planted seeds in your life? Where are you turning and planting seeds to build a legacy?


{prayer for the week}

Join us this week in a shared community-wide prayer.

God, what are you calling me to invest in? Where do you want me to plant seeds. I see now that I am on the hook to make your legacy in the world bigger and more beautiful. Help me take the next steps to plant legacy seeds today. I commit to plant ________________________________ today. Empower and equip me for legacy. Amen.


{bible reading plan}

By Lisa Zulke

{monday 5.31.21}

Read Genesis 26:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: This passage is full of instruction, deception, and betrayal. Have you lived through a season of betrayal? Or perhaps been the betrayer? Once a lie is told, how do you go about undoing it and seeking resolution.

{tuesday 6.1.21}

Read Genesis 26:12-35

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Water was a valuable resource in this agrarian society, and led to disputed claims and arguments over ownership. In our world today, how do we settle disputes? What wisdom might we be able to draw from these verses to guide our lives today?

{wednesday 6.2.21}

Read Genesis 27:1-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Rebekah hatches a plot to steal Esau’s blessing for Jacob. Jacob agrees and follows his mother’s instructions, deceiving Isaac and receiving his father’s blessing. Have you ever encountered competition, deceipt and rivalry in your family or friend group? How did you handle the situation?  

{thursday 6.3.21}

Read Genesis 27:30-46

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As a parent, a mentor, or a boss, have you ever had to choose or advance one person over another? How did that impact your relationship to both individuals, and them to you? What path of restoration can you see between the brothers, Esau and Jacob? How might this family seek restoration and forgiveness from one another?

{friday 6.4.21}

Read Genesis 28:1-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Here we see Isaac passing along to Jacob the blessing given by God to his father, Abraham. What are your reflections on the journey this family has taken–from hearing God, to trying to find their own way in many situations, to actively moving against God?

{extra journey resources}

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