Have you ever wondered about what kind of legacy you’re leaving? I mean more than an estate or an inheritance we bequeath to our children or our church.
I’m thinking more along the lines of how will people remember us. Maybe a better phrasing is how do we want to be remembered? Have you ever thought of that?
The legacy we leave is very simple. It stems from the many choices we make every day. Does God’s Word fill our actions and decisions?
We are faced with choices every day. A few are major. Many seem relatively small. So small, in fact, we may ask do I need to bother God with this? He wants us to. Each decision is a choice to go with Christ or against him. Does he sit on the throne of our hearts?
We can’t be perfect. But we can be purposeful.
There is a book by Pastor Tom Lane of Gateway Church called Heritage: A Father’s Influence to the Generations. Pastor Tom talks about being purposeful and intentional as we raise our children. He talks about the importance of transferring values to our children, responding to them when there’s a crisis, and relating to them as adults. He gives strategies and personal examples for imparting a legacy to our children.
We need to immerse ourselves in his Word so we make choices from love, not from our own selfishness. Having his Word infused in me means I can stop myself from choosing out of anger or pride. Instead, I can choose to offer kindness even when the other person, in the natural, doesn’t deserve it. God has saved me and forgiven me way more than I deserve (see Psalm 103:10 NLT).
This immersion requires us to sit before him and let him show us our hidden sins so he can cleanse us from them. He wants to cleanse us so we can walk in all he has for us and leave the legacy he wants us to leave.
What kind of legacy are you leaving? What do you want to be known for?