What Legacy will you leave?
This past Tuesday I was finally able to watch my grandfather’s prerecorded memorial service. Living in Colorado with a very pregnant wife, I knew that I was not going to make it in person. For the weeks after his death, I found myself searching for every memory that I had of him. I committed myself to catalog these memories in my mind so that I could remember what he meant to me. The one theme that came up again and again while re-living my memories with him and watching his memorial was Legacy. My grandfather was a very godly man and left a Legacy rich with Christ’s example to everyone that knew him. I thought, would I leave this legacy if I died tomorrow?
The bible is very clear about living in service to God and leaving a Legacy of God when we leave this earth. From the old testament, to the apostles, to Christ himself, leaving a Godly legacy is a big theme.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:6-8
A Legacy for God is the only Legacy Worth Leaving
What other legacy could a Christian ask to leave if not one pointing to God’s redemptive plan. We are just a moment in time when we compare ourselves to the vastness of God. This world will tell you to leave a Legacy of wealth, fame, passion and love, but these are temporal. I would even go as far to say that any Legacy besides one pointing to God is a wasted life. All our earthly ramblings will be forgotten not long after we die. Only God is remembered in the end. Mark 8:36
Passing Faith to Family
In Joshua 4:21-22, the bible talks about passing down the testimonies of God’s faithfulness to the next generation. How will our children know of the faithfulness of God if we do not share with them? What good is a life full of faith if it is not sincere enough that our family finds it contagious. Christ calls us to sell everything we have and follow him. i.e. Your faith should touch everything in your life. As fathers, we should share the impact of Christ on our lives more than we share our love for our NFL team.
A Godly Legacy is a Tool of Evangelism
It was impossible to family members and friends of my grandfather to tell a memory without mentioning his faith. He served the lord faithfully and totally for over 60 years and it showed. Every person in the church that afternoon heard the gospel no less than 10 times. What better for your family and friends to celebrate than your dedication to and love of Christ.
We are called to be more than cultural Christians. Christ wants our hearts, our desires, our life stories. When I rest this weary body at the end of my days, I hope my master says, “well done, good and faithful servant”.