A Father’s Legacy to a Son and More

verse-of-the-day (3)It’s the first sentence in John Piper’s short tribute to his father, William Solomon Hottle Piper. John calls it a mere “fragment” of the legacy his father left him in a life lived for the glory of God. His father was 88 when he died on March 6, 2007. The number one thing he learned from his Dad was . . .

    1. There is a great, majestic God in heaven and we were meant to live for his glory.

Most of these truths that I will mention are rooted in my memory of particular texts that were branded on my mind at home. Few texts were more often on Daddy’s lips in relation to me than 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

I am sure that in heaven some day the Lord will make plain the unbreakable chain of influences that led from that verse when I was a boy to the mission statement of Bethlehem Baptist Church: “We exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.” 

Is that not a great legacy for a father to leave his son? 

“There is a great, majestic God in heaven and we were meant to live for his glory.”

“Oh Lord, help us in our day to pass on such a legacy to our children. Help us to give them a vision of you that is intoxicatingly enchanting. That they would see in our lives the beauty of Your holiness, the wonder of Your love, the awesomeness of Your faithfulness. Lord help us to to live in such a way the majesty of who You are becomes a magnet to our children and may they live for Your glory that they might have the greatest joys imaginable. For the sake of the Name that is above every name, we ask this from underneath the blood of Your only begotten Son and our Savior, Amen.”


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