How are these people remembered?

  • Li Jiacheng 李嘉诚
  • Steve Jobs 史蒂夫 乔布斯
  • Elon Musk 埃隆 马斯克
  • Kongzi – Confucius 孔子 – 孔夫子
  • Michelangelo 米开朗基罗
  • Beethoven 贝多芬

Many of us have an idea about “a good life” – attending a good university, a good high-paying career, children who do well in school and other things. But what does God see and remember?

Bible Reading

Old Testament Genesis 15:1-6
New Testament Galatians 3:7-9

Discussion

  1. How would you like to be remembered?
  2. How does Galatians 3:9 describe Abraham?  “the man of __________”
  3. From your understanding, what do you think God sees and remembers about us?  How much money we have? The size of our house? How smart we are?

CONTINUED DISCUSSION by John Stuart

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.”

Rockefeller gave a significant amount of his money away. In particular, he donated $10 million between 1913-1923 to establish the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH). The hospital and its medical college located off Wangfujing Street in the heart of Beijing is considered one of the most selective medical colleges today and is widely regarded as the finest hospital in China. Much of the Rockefeller family’s legacy is directly connected to their money.

Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing Green tile roofs and modern buildings

Peking Union Medical College Hospital Green tile roofs and modern buildings in Beijing

When we pass away, most of us will not be remembered in that way; however, each of us will leave a legacy, or impression, on the people we know. Of course, we want to leave a positive legacy on our family, our friends, our work and other areas of our lives.

As we read in Genesis chapter 12, 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 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 Him.

  1. In the Bible New Testament what does Romans 4:1-3 and 4:20-25 say about Abraham? 
  2. What does Romans 4:20-25 say about us? 
  3. What does Romans 4:20-25 say about Jesus? 
  4. What new words do you need to learn to understand these verses? 

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

righteous – holy and perfectly right. In the Bible, when we trust Jesus as our savior who died for our sins and was raised on the third day, we are given the righteousness of Christ. 

Justification ~ according to scripture, when we are declared righteous by our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are justified ~ “just as if I never sinned”