I have thought about our legacy that we all leave. Too many men in the church are not considering the influence that their lives have on their wives, children, extended family, co-workers and fellow believers. How often do we consider our words and actions and their effect now and in the future. It’s the endgame of our lives that speaks so much into our legacy. That’s why I named this blog The End Game. Remember the Super Bowl last year? It was a well fought game but it is the endgame that most of us will always remember.
This morning God got me to thinking about my end game again and took me to a verse I would’ve never gone to on my own, thinking about legacy. There are two types of legacy. The first legacy is the one we default to in our thinking when the word comes up in conversation. This legacy leaves some sort of valued material defined in a will. It can only be accessed here on earth. The second legacy is one that is only available in God’s eternal kingdom. It is a legacy consisting in people. It is a legacy defined in how lives change.
The only true, ‘lasting forever’ type of legacy that I can leave to my family and my friends and those that God put in my path, is what I share of Jesus with them. As I allow God to mature me through different trials of faith, I become better and better equipped to share the reality of Jesus with others. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me [Jesus] and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart [the core of his inner being] will flow rivers of living water.’””
Proverbs tell us that “out of the heart the mouth speaks.” So as I share with people I need to go to the well of living water to be refreshed myself. When I do, I can refresh others. The mechanics of legacy is found in the very first part of Paul second letter to the church at Corinth. They were under much persecution. Paul starts his letter off by speaking about the God of comfort, “…who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” I can only find one way that God expands and establishes his kingdom on earth and that is through the church which is you and I. So we’ve been given the privilege to suffer and to learn through theses same trials so that we can become Christ’s ambassadors. What an awesome calling!
We are not perfect but we have the opportunity to be faithful. That is why I am greatly encouraged to meet with fellow believers over coffee. As Jesus teaches me and matures me I am given the opportunity to commit to faithful men “who will be able to teach others also.” The kingdom of God is all about a great legacy-building journey.
What is your legacy?