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Verses 2-3: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

We need to give thought to what kind of legacy we show to others. Have you ever heard of Howard Odell? Chances are, unless you are a die-hard University of Washington fan, you probably don’t know him. Odell was the head football coach of the Huskies from 1948 to 1952. Among one of his assistants he had at the time was Don Coryell, who later went on to fame in the NFL of the San Diego Chargers. Coryell once had an assistant there named Ray Perkins. Perkins later coached the New York Giants and had two assistants of note: Bill Parcells, who succeeded him as head coach, and Bill Belichick, who served under Perkins and Parcells. Now you’re probably recognizing some names; if not, please read on. Belichick is the current longtime head coach of the New England Patriots and had an assistant who later went on to lead not one but two different college football teams to win the national championship. I think even the most casual football fan recognizes his name: Nick Saban.

What a coaching tree that is, rooted in a man named Howard Odell. Other famous coaches have similar trees: Nick Saban himself, Bear Bryant, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh, just to name a few.

What about the legacy of a man named Edward Kimball? Try this on for thought:
Sunday School teacher Edward Kimball helped lead Dwight L. Moody to Christ;
J. Wilbur Chapman was converted at a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting;
Billy Sunday was converted at a Chapman meeting;
Mordecai Ham was converted at Billy Sunday meeting;
and Billy Graham was converted at a Ham meeting.

And yes, we mean THAT Billy Graham! That list was sourced from https://sermons.faithlife.com/sermons/84109-from-moody-to-graham

Paul here is commenting on the false prophets who upset the Corinthian church; among some of the things they tried to do to justify their reputation was to produce false letters of recommendation. Paul is stating here that he never needed such letters, because the Corinthian converts “are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

Think about the legacy you’re leaving. Are you sowing seeds today that will help produce a harvest for Christ?

Something to think about.

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verse 7: “A righteous man who walks in his integrity — How blessed are his sons after him.”

I have a footnote in my Ryrie Bible that points to a reference found in Exodus 20:5-6: “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Men, our actions have consequences. When your father is a God-fearing Christian, who “walks in his integrity”, his children benefit not only directly, but indirectly as well. Though we don’t appreciate it when we’re younger, to hear someone say “Oh him? That’s (fill-in-the-blank)’s son!”, reflects a legacy left to us by our fathers. If you’re a father, you have that same opportunity and responsibility to leave that legacy to your children. God blesses our families, and our actions do have consequences. What kind of legacy are you making for your family today?

Something to think about.

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verse 14: “Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.”

Paul here is reminding the Corinthians that he does not and has not been a burden to them; this was part of his “defense” against his accusers in the Corinthian church. He used the analogy that children are not responsible for saving up for parents, but parents are for children.

I felt God draw me to this verse, I believe, because of this analogy. We live in a world today, in which children sometimes have to care for invalid or aging parents. Now that is okay; family should look after family. But Paul is referring to the natural legacy that parents provide to children…not just financial but the inheritance of life lived in faith to God. I’ve worked with kids in our church that get saved before their parents do. Parents are to be the leaders in their homes, and that means spiritually as well. It is the order God intended when he created parents and children; that parents teach and lead their children.

If you are a parent, are you being a spiritual leader in your own home today?

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