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John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) is regarded as the first American billionaire. At the time of his death, the oilman’s fortune was 1.5% of the total U.S. economy, which would equal more than $300 billion today. He is considered the richest man in modern history. But when asked once, how much money is enough, he famously replied “just a little bit more.”

Even though he donated a significant amount of his money, Rockefeller’s legacy is directly connected with his money. It seems riches were never enough for this famous man.

When we pass away, each of us leaves behind a legacy, or impression, on the people we know. Of course we hope to leave a positive impression – on our family, our friends, our work and other areas of our lives.

Bible Reading: Genesis 15:1-6

As we read in Genesis chapter 13, Abraham knew that God had promised his legacy would be significant. Abraham would be an important person in his community and would have many children; but as Abraham and his wife grew older, they could have doubted this legacy at times. They could have doubted whether God would keep his promise to them.

God has a plan for each of us when we believe and trust God. Many of us have an idea of what we think a good legacy is – whether that is degrees from a good university, a high-paying career, children who do well in school and other things. But God often has a different idea of what a good legacy is – God desires us to have faith in his plan for our lives. God wants us to trust and follow him, even when it is difficult.

Discussion

  1. What do you think John D. Rockefeller meant by his response “just a little bit more”?
  2. How do you want to be remembered?
  3. According to the Bible, how was Abraham remembered?  [See Romans 4:1-3 and 4:20-25]
  4. From the last paragraph, what is God’s idea of a good legacy?

Word List 
billionaire – a person whose net worth is greater than a billion dollars
fortune – a large amount of assets
modern – recent times
legacy – how someone is remembered

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