The issue of legacy has been strong in my heart of late. Especially when you keep hearing of ‘home goings’ of precious saints whose lives have touched many and yet what they left in inheritance was not in their bank account but in the investment in people’s lives. Now to some of us, that defied the norm in the 21st century where every success is measured in monetary language.
I have come to fully understand and believe again that the greatest asset any parents, grandparents, Pastor or anyone for that matter can leave behind to their loved ones are what I am going to share with you in this month’s message.
Have you ever asked yourself this serious question about what will your legacy be when you are gone?
This is what I ask myself daily and as a result of this issue, it has helped me to take life more seriously and shaped the way I live and relate with those God has brought into my life.
Beloved coming to church is more than coming for material blessing even though we will be blessed, but I believe it is for Jesus to be formed in our lives through the power of His words and to establish God’s Kingdom here on earth, for the world to see that Jesus is truly King of Kings and Lord of all. Remember Jesus told us to “seek ye first the kingdom.”
According to Romans 14:17-18, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.”
Through the word of God, we know that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God and as a citizen of God’s Kingdom, our priority and agenda is to promote our King’s vision and see the vision carried out.
As a citizen of God’s Kingdom, you are a new generation, a royal priesthood and a peculiar nation according to 1 Peter 2:9-12. Knowing these truths, it is of utmost importance that our first priority should be to know the King of our Kingdom so that we can make Him known to others in our lives.
HELPING OTHERS TO KNOW JESUS:
The legacy of helping others to know Jesus should be our priority and that begins in our homes. As a father or mother if all you do is to work hard to live for money, shares and bonds, properties and companies for your children and never live the life of Jesus that they should desire so greatly, what you laboured for will be squandered by your ungodly children.
You see beloved if you are a Christian and all you have are possessions you gained through your faith in Christ but failed to raise a godly generation after you what do you think will happen to your labour?
The Bible teaches us that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous NOT the righteous laid up for the wicked. SELAH!
The legacy of raising your children to know the Lord and live godly lifestyle is irreplaceable. This is richer than silver or gold.
Money is a legacy but what use is money in the hands of a child that was never taught how to respect money?
Money is a good legacy but what use is money in the hands of a child so rude and nasty who believe that with money you can control the lives of people, have whatever you want, whosoever you want? Such is a tool of destruction.
A child you never taught the law of respect for money and investment will one day destroy what you built for years.
May we live the life that will draw others to reach out to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
LIVING BY FAITH IS ANOTHER LEGACY:
When the Lord was to destroy Sodom, one thing stood out in His statement about Abraham. Genesis 18:17-20. A man or woman of faith is trusted by the Lord with revelation. Faith is a legacy worth handing to the next generation. I am concerned for our children’s generation not raised to know who they are. Not raised in churches to know they have a voice because they are a voice. I am concerned with a generation raised to know designers’ name but couldn’t at least know the names of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, how many books are in the Old Testament and New Testament.
If you want to live a life that pleases the Lord, live by Faith for without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrew 11:6).
Like Joseph when he was to die, told his brethren that he knew God would visit them to take them to the Promised Land and when He did, he told them to carry his bones to be buried in the Promised Land. That is Faith. Genesis 50:24-25.
Again, please hear me, there is nothing wrong with leaving money as legacy for children but remember the legacy of FAITH. According to 2 Timothy 1:5 which says, “When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”
Faith is generational and I believe can be transferable to our children. Children learn from their parents – good or bad. Why not live a life of faith for your children to emulate like Timothy.
GODLY REPUTATION IS A LEGACY:
We live in the world where ‘good morning’ is ‘good night’ for many. They have no clue what it means to speak the truth. Having godly character is not relevant to their nature.
Character is the fruit of your nature; behaviour is your reaction to the situation. Hence we were taught to behave well. You cannot teach a man to live a life of joy, peace. You are a man of peace and joy,
Character is who you are; behaviour is what you put on for others to see.
Reputation is the characteristics that mark you distinctively on earth.
When you are gone what will be said about your character and who will say it.
The Bible says “A good reputation is better than a fat bank account.” Ecclesiastes 7:1a (Message Version).
King David had a reputation that he served his generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was buried with his fathers and saw corruption. Acts 13:36
What will your reputation be when you are gone?
Will your children say you are irreplaceable; your husband remarry within a year or find it difficult to replace you in his life; and your wife will have a thanksgiving service specially because you are no more and quickly remove your pictures or will she mourn you till there is no more strength in her?
Will you leave a reputation of giving like the Centurion who built a synagogue for the Jews in Luke 7:1-5, or the Macedonian Churches in 2 Corinthians 8:1-5. Or have a reputation of care like Dorcas in the Book of Acts 9:36-end or reputation of serving sacrificially like Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:25-end.
LOVE IS A LEGACY:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal…” 1 Corinthians 13:1-end
Can it be said that you are a man or woman who genuinely love people by what you do or are you so selfish you use people for your own selfish gain to build your empire?
Lovers are forgiving and kind. Lovers are generous. They do not envy and do not think evil of others. Can your children or loved ones truly say this about you or they will rather remain silent especially those of your household, for it is easy to pretend to an outsider. It is easy to wear a mask of hypocrisy to those outside of our home but those at home see you for real.
PRAYER IS A LEGACY:
Abraham as my example, built an altar and pitch his tent – no wonder his son Isaac did the same by entreating the Lord for his wife Rebecca to conceive (Genesis 25:21) and no wonder Eleazar the eldest servant in his house did the same by praying to God for a bride for his master’s son (Genesis 24:12-15).
What will your legacy be. Do you call on God or your earthly connections? Whatever you do now is what others will remember.
What will your legacy be?