Courtesy of Edward Jeffries
Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
A legacy is defined as (1) money or property bequeathed to another by will or (2) something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past. Legacies are rare and special gifts, from one person to another, from one generation to the next. As Christians, you and I should seek to leave a lasting legacy of godliness for those who come behind us.
Three conditions for leaving a lasting legacy are:
1. Maintaining Godly Character and Conduct
a. Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.
b. Brothers and Sisters, in today’s society, we live in an age of moral vacuum. It seems and appears like character doesn’t count. You can sleep around and still be the principle of the school. You can cheat on your mate and have little trouble continuing to teach. You can be a successful sales associate in Dillards, while cheating on your taxes. Seeing and knowing this, we have allowed this attitude to permeate throughout Christianity. THE PRECEPTION IS THAT YOU CAN DO THESE THINGS AND STILL BE A GOOD CHRISTIAN. But reality is you “CANNOT” do those things as a Christian and continue enjoying the Lord’s blessing.
II Peter 1:5
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue. (moral excellence or character).
1 Peter 1:15-16
But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy.
Brothers and Sisters we put a great amount of value on “REPUTATION” however there is a difference between “CHARACTER and REPUTATION.”
c. Reputation is what you are supposed to be.
Character is what you are
d. Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community.
Character is what you have when you go away.
e. Reputation is made in a moment.
Character is built in a lifetime.
f. Reputation grows like a mushroom.
Character grows like an oak.
g. Reputation is learned in an hour.
Character does not come to light for a year.
h. Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor.
Character makes you happy, or makes you miserable.
I Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone.
Character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.
j. YOUR REPUTATION IS WHAT MEN THINK YOU ARE.
YOUR CHARACTER IS WHAT GOD KNOWS YOU TO BE.
2. Holding Godly Convictions
a. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. (7) You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
b. A conviction is not something that you discover, it is something that you purpose in your heart.
And the Lord gave Jehoiaim King of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his God; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. (3) Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles.
Convictions on the inside will always show up on the outside, in a person’s lifestyle. To violate a conviction would be sin.
II Timothy 1:12-14
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. (13) hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (14) That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
3. Demonstrating Godly Compassion
a. Colossians 3:21
Fathers do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
b. Ephesians 6:4
And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and dmonition of the Lord.
c. Colossians 3:19
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be bitter towards them.
WHAT LEGACY ARE YOU LEAVING?
Accept Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.