I plan to return to sharing about my city and the different people groups in my city next Sunday, but felt I should share something Jesus reminded me of today. It has to do with being remembered after we die or as some would say legacy.

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First let’s consider how many millions or more of people who have lived and died throughout history who came to faith in Jesus or in the God of Israel before Jesus came. There is no way we can come to a number that is even in the ballpark.

Then consider how many of them are remembered in this life today. Even people who lived only 100 years ago, most are forgotten by now in this life. I don’t want to sound gloomy, but when I visit my father’s grave, I often think about the bodies buried in say 1910. No one is there to visit their graves.

It is an extreme minority of people who were part of the church even only 100 years ago who are still remembered today

Legacy is a fleeting thing. If I have any legacy in this life, it will be gone within a generation.

Doesn’t sound very hopeful or upbeat for a Sunday post, does it?

That gets me to my point. There is a legacy that we can enjoy for all eternity. God keeps it for us. Hebrews 6:10 says:

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

God remembers for us and he remembers vastly much better than we can. He remembers every little thing we do to show his love. God is eternal, so our legacy is eternal. This life is temporary, so any legacy in this life is fleeting.

All of the things that are clamored about and hyped in the media such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame or a Sports Hall of Fame will be gone when Jesus returns. It is nice to be honored in this life and my point is not against such honors, but only that such honors are temporary experiences.

Our true significance comes from knowing Jesus and God our Father. It is from that relationship that we show God’s love to others and God will never forget it.

So why work for temporary honors when we can seek what is eternal. God will remember EVERYTHING for all eternity and we can be with him for all eternity.

What are your thoughts about “legacy”?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

20 thoughts on “Legacy

  1. Yes big brother, I agree we shouldn’t pursue material recognition. I feel like the reason some legacies are forgotten is mainly because they are material. Whether we like it or not, we will leave a legacy. Our written and spoken words. Those immaterial things we do for others certainly create a legacy in the hearts of people. You are leaving a legacy, your life is a legacy of love for God and foreigners.

  2. I always say I want to leave a legacy of being a woman of integrity who loved the Lord Jesus. I love the legacy my grandparents left. They were strong Christians. I never knew them, but my mom and some of my older family members told me about them.

    Now that I’ve gotten closer to Christ, I realize the things I do here need to have an impact on eternity. It’s a waste for me to only focus on material things when they will pass away.

    As Christians our focus should be on building eternal treasures in heaven. And to do that we will often have to go in a very different direction from other people. Wow! Awesome post big brother! ❀️😊

      1. You’re welcome! Yes the culture emphasizes self gratification. And the love the world promotes is not a Biblical love. It’s a love that focuses on self and doing whatever feels good.

  3. Amen!
    I agree that we should work laying up our treasures above, and invest in the lives of others so that after we are gone, the love we sowed in their lives carry on – like what the Lord has you doing with those in your care πŸ€—

  4. Utmost!. Our Legacy should be focused on Him – If He approves of us and our works in faith, devotion and reverence to Him, then the lives we bless in all this will as well remember us for good.

    We should indeed lay up treasures in Heaven!. πŸ’―

    Thanks big bro.

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