“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Recently I was doing some family research and I came across the will of my eighth great grandfather. In it he said he had few possessions of the world to leave behind, but one thing he did have to pass on to future generations was his acceptance of Jesus and his confidence in the gospel.
When you’ve departed this earth, what do you want to be remembered for? What do you want to leave behind? If you’re putting God’s kingdom first, it should not be wealth or how you scored by the standards of the glitter and glamour of the world. What really counts is the legacy you leave that impacts future generations for Christ.
Nobody who leaves a great legacy lived a selfish life. Jesus told us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. The world preaches a different message, but if you understand your eternal inheritance, you will be more generous with your earthly inheritance. Your life will be about serving others with your time, talents and treasures. He wants us to invest in others for His and their sake.
At the beginning of a new year, people make all kinds of resolutions. What if your goals became steps to building your legacy? Have you decided exactly what kind of legacy you want to leave behind?
Lord, I want to leave an impact for Christ with the footprints of my life. Help me to grow and to shine by living by Your word this year. May the world I leave be a better place because I was here. Amen.
Read The Memory You Leave Behind. It will help you think through your priorities and how you can intentionally build a legacy for future generations.