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March 22, 2004

A Good Investment Strategy

Proverbs 22:1
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

When I look at the "success" of our life here in Irvine, it becomes difficult to measure, especially with the extenal pressure of affluence continually pressing. Same cars, same apartment, same debt - it's been hard to "get ahead." At times life seems to be moving ahead and leaving me behind. But my pursuit here is not about financial security. It is not about amassing possessions. It is about being light in a community, a voice of truth to our city.

It's said it takes money to make money. You have to put compound interest to work for you to create wealth. In the same way, it takes a reputation to build a reputation. My desire is that our friends see the Hamilton's as a benefit to thier lives. That our community sees New Horizons as a blessing. Right now we are building a reputation of steadfastness, of perserverance, of consistency, of permanance. I'm learning that since I couldn't build a church (that's Jesus' job), I can build a reputation which God can then use. I need to value the favor God has given me personally with relationships. God is building favor for our church with our community, like getting our flyer for the egg hunt distributed to the schools. Little by little our good works are compouinding and creating a different kind of wealth.

A good reputation. Favor. These are the currency of the Kingdom.

Lord, help me to be the "Warren Buffett" of Your Kingdom - a man who wisely invests for the long term.

March 3, 2011

Creating a Legacy

Numbers 13:6,8 (NIV)
6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun

OBSERVATION
In the list of the leaders who we chosen to spy out the promised land, their tribal linage is noted. I focused on the two who not only got to go in to possess the land, but lead the people into the promise.

Caleb is from the tribe of Judah. In Genesis 49:8-12 is the blessing that Jacob pronounced on his son Judah:
8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.
9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he to whom it belongs shall come
and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

Now more than 400 years later, Caleb is a freed slave wondering in the dessert. But God's plan is at work. Caleb will become admired for courage, his legacy one of faith and tenacity. And as a "general" who leads God's people into the promise he sees his enemies defeated. To me, Caleb initiates the legacy of significance carried by the tribe of Judah as promised by the Lord (the tribal lineage of the Messiah)

Joshua is of the tribe of Ephraim. Ephraim is the second son of Joseph. The dream that God gave Joseph of his brothers (and eventually the world) bowing to him was not only fulfilled as the Lord raised Joseph us as a leader in Egypt, but all these centuries later as Joshua leads God's people into the land. Just as God used Joseph to preserve His people, so would He use Joshua to fulfill the promise given to the Patriarchs.

APPLICATION
On the day when they were nearly killed for giving their report, I doubt Joshua and Caleb we thinking about the word God had given to their forefathers centuries before. While wandering in the wilderness for an additional 40 years, it probably didn't feel like they were contributing to a God-ordained legacy. As they waged was to possess a land, I doubt they did so with the intent of making a name for themselves. What was at work was not only for their own benefit, but the fulfillment of God's promise generations before that would have an effect generations beyond thier own.

I think of Shealyn Hamilton, an itinerant Baptist pastor and my great-great grandfather. I think of my son, and his son one day. I must keep in mind that it is my responsibility to the generations before me and the ones that follow, to live my life in faith and obedience. God has given a promise to my "tribe" and through my family line that has an eternal impact.

PRAYER
Lord, let me be known as a man who has the same heart and faith as Joshua and Caleb.

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