I’ve had many friends, and strangers, talk about the importance of leaving a legacy. They want to be remembered as being a good person, someone who did something important, was succesful (they made a bunch of money), or positively changed the community they lived in. They want to make sure their family is financially secure and in need of nothing. At the end of it all, it really boils down to the fact that they just want to be remembered.
I’ve always struggled with the secular view of leaving a legacy. I mean, the thought of working my whole life just to be remembered doesn't really appeal to me. Then something changed. After the Lord softened my heart and opened my eyes and ears, I understood what a legacy was all about. There are two types of legacy: a lifetime legacy and an eternal legacy. I’ll explain.
Doing good for your community is great. Having a building named after you, or a street, park, or even an event is also good. But it might only last a lifetime. It will only last as long as this world lasts or someone maintains it. But, Matthew 6:19-21 talks about storing treasures up in heaven, not on earth. This is where the legacy I want to support comes into play. Sharing the gospel with others in hopes that a decision is made to follow Christ is an eternal legacy to strive to attain. I could concentrate my efforts to be remembered down here on earth or I can strive for eternal treasure. Helping others and leading individuals to Christ, all motivated by our love for Jesus and the work He has done for us, is a legacy worth leaving. This legacy has eternal benefits, not earthly ones.
Positively impacting the Kingdom might not always be a popular choice for leaving a legacy, but the rewards will last more than a lifetime! Store your treasures up in Heaven! Let Jesus be remembered, not us.
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.