Leaving Spiritual Footprints
The outcome for this child will depend on “the way” her mama and her daddy walk through life! The way we live has a spiritual effect on the next generation, those around us, and on the earth. The way we live leaves spiritual footprints that last. With choosing to walk carefully according to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s leading, our footprints leave blessing and light. When we choose to ignore or walk against God, our footprints leave darkness. Heaven and earth are witnesses.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. ~Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Abraham received God’s invitation to walk across the Promised Land, and God essentially told him that everywhere he placed his feet would belong to him and his descendants forever. With each step, Abraham was claiming the land physically and spiritually. While he still made mistakes, God used him to do amazing things because his heart sought God.
Jesus echoed these God-words in Luke 10:27 and in Mark 8:34 –
“And he replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
We are faced with the same choices, and here to do the same. What kinds of footprints are we leaving? Ones that push open doors so that the King’s love can come in or ones that slam doors shut to keep out the light, many times for convenience sake. We can leave footprints that bring healing and restoration, ones that those following behind us will want to fill, too. That is the choice we have daily: what spiritual legacy are we leaving?
Maybe you feel your life has not been as it should be, and that there’s no hope of turning things around. Most of us are familiar with the story of Peter and his denial of Jesus when Jesus was being unjustly tried (Matthew 26:69-75). When he realized what he’d done, the passage says “he went out and wept bitterly”. Remember what happened next to Peter? Jesus gave him some special time and sweet words of forgiveness and restoration right here in John 21…
15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
Three times Peter had denied Jesus, and three times Jesus restored him in love letting Peter know that he was forgiven, but also that he still had a place and a purpose in the Kingdom. Peter knew he would need Jesus to help him make it work, and Jesus was letting Peter know that He would always be there for him.
If you feel like you’ve walked away for too long, just one look at Jesus and you will be restored as was Peter! There is nothing you’ve done that cannot be forgiven and is already forgiven! And He will never leave you either!
Help is available to walk the journey of life. As you walk, let the Father empty your hands of burden and pain so you can take hold of His. Choose to place your hands in His and your steps in His footprints. He has promised to never let you go and He sees the image you leave behind, ever helping you to be more healed and leave a path of Kingdom light and love where He has given you to walk.
Blessings and grace for the path you are on,
From the desk by the window at the beginning of a full and windy day. Lead on, O Lord!
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(c) Feb 10, 2017 – Robin Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC