For the One - Diane Pantoja
"God, I pray for everyone to know Jesus."
Conversations with kids are something else. The things they say are downright hilarious, clever, sometimes surprisingly sassy, honest, and more often than we realise, so pure and simple, it is profound and just all kinds of beautiful. When I was asked to write a wee post for this blog, I thought it would be brilliant to ask my tiny human friends, Ariella (8 years old) and Dominic (6 years old), on what they think about Legacy.
What is Legacy?
Ariella: Legacy is Giving.
Dominic: Giving. Giving to God… to church… to the community.
I know it. They know it. We all know it. Legacy is that time of the year we give ––that is, above and beyond our tithes; and sow into ‘our house’ and it’s four focuses. During this part of our chat, what struck me the most was not the fact that they know the essence of Legacy, but how they answered it. I got smiles, wide eyes, enthusiasm, and a promise to give more this year –every inch the cheerful givers that God so truly love.
Why is it important to give?
A: Because we have everything we need and some don’t.
D: Because God gave so much.
Why do you want to give more?
A: The more we give, more lives will be changed. There’s more telling the (Bible) stories, more baptisms, more praise and worship, more services. We will have a bigger church so more people will know Jesus and more people will go to heaven.
D: The more we give, the more we get to see more. The more we give, the more we save.
Let’s just pause and process those responses. What did I tell you? Simple. Profound. Since day dot, Jesus is the ultimate ‘why’ behind everything we do, Legacy offering most certainly included. We are and will always be on purpose to impact and change generations with the reality of Jesus. And on the note of MORE, let us not forget what was promised…
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. - Eph 3:20, NLT
What would you tell a person if they’re not sure about giving to Legacy?
A: You don’t want to miss out. And I encourage you to pray to God and do what He says to you.
Yes and amen.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” - 2 Cor 9:7, NLT
Before I said goodbye, I asked Dom to say a little prayer for Legacy…
D: God, I pray for everyone to know Jesus.
To say that we have given what we could to point people to the Greatest One of all. Is that not the greatest legacy of them all?
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