Courtesy of Edward Jeffries
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, not always family.
When my brother in Christ and friend George passed away recently (Dec 2015), the love of this man for God, his family, church, co-workers and community resulted in an over whelming service of loss. Family and friends packed the Church! The message was clear: George touched many lives in a way uniquely his. So many will miss his kindness, sense of humor, and enthusiasm of life.
When I returned home and after reading the Old Testament Book of II Chronicles, I thought about legacy left behind. I thought about the life of King Jehoram. What a contrast! King Jehoram’s brief reign of terror is traced in II Chronicles 21. To solidify his power, Jehoram killed his own brothers and other leaders.
II Chronicles 21:4. He led Judah into idol worship. The record tells us, he passed away, to no one’s regret II Chronicles 21:20. Jehoram thought that brute force would ensure his legacy. It did. He is forever commemorated in Scripture as an evil man and self-centered leader.
Although Jesus also was a King, He came to Earth to be a servant as He went about doing good. He endured the hatred of those who grasped for power. In the process, this Servant King gave His life away.
Brothers and Sisters, today Jesus lives along with His legacy. That legacy includes those who understand that life isn’t just about themselves. It’s about Jesus, the One who longs to wrap His strong, forgiving arms around anyone who turns to Him.
Heavenly Father, in Your death, as well as in Your life, You served others. In some small way, help us to serve others with our lives today.
A LIFE LIVED FOR GOD, LEAVES A LASTING LEGACY.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day.