Our legacy   2 comments

Legacy

Legacy

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:12

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word “legacy” means : “An amount of money or property left to someone in a will.”

While listening to the song Find us Faithful by Steve Green, I came to realise that every Christian should leave something behind. They should leave their thumbprints, footprints and “faithprints” before they leave this earth. Their thumbprints should be seen by the future generation through the holy things they handled and touched. Their footprints should be present in their college, work and countries they visited.  What is the “faithprint” you’re leaving behind for the future generation and your children? Are we faithfully passing on to others what God has entrusted us?

Paul said to Timothy:

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Tim 1:13

Paul left a rich inheritance for Timothy, Titus, the Colossians, Thessalonians, Corinthians and many other churches. After 2000 years, Christians worldwide are still being blessed by the teachings and faith Paul passed on to Christians. Throughout his short life, Jesus invested in the life of people and this is why after 2000 years we had billions of Christians who followed Him. These Christians also passed on to others what they received from other Christians and the Holy Spirit. Investing in people definitely lasts longer than money and property.

Moses invested in Joshua and Elijah had  Elisha to succeed him. I never met Keith Green but his songs really influenced my life. I never met Andrew Murray but his books radically changed my life. Missionaries like Hudson Taylor and Billy Graham influenced nations. Millions of people won’t go to hell but to heaven because they repented of their sins after hearing the Gospel through these people. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who influenced the life of people for eternity by their faith. We are in a marathon and there’s like a great cloud of witnesses shouting “Keep on running”. We should remove these sins which entangle us and are like heavy iron balls hindering us from running this race.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1

We are living in an era that the heroes of faith eagerly wanted to see. We are living under the greatest moment in the world history. The time we are living in is greater than the flood at Noah’s time or the great escape from Egypt under Moses’ leadership. We are living under grace, Jesus-Christ the long promised Messiah came. The Lamb of God was slain and cried out “It is finished”. God executed His secret plan for salvation 2000 years ago. It was something great prophets wanted to experience but it was not yet God’s time.

This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.”

This great salvation is so special that even angels are eagerly watching what is going on. God did amazing things. There’re many Christians whose life inspire us. But what about us? Where is our Joshua or Elisha? What are we leaving behind. What will people say when we die? Are we influencing positively the life of others? Are we bringing light in the dark life of people? Are we like the salt giving taste? Even if we are pilgrims down here and do not owe anything, we can leave behind spiritual blessings. Even if we’re not able to touch deeply our neighbors at least we can do it for our children. I’m still a young guy but I will take the time needed to invest in my future children to make them know Jesus-Christ. A Christian should be a living sacrifice and give a pleasant perfume. Talking with a Christian should give peace and hope. We should be vessels through whom God touches life. Our hands and mouth should be blessings to others. May all who come behind us find us faithful.

The song below summarises this post.

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2 responses to “Our legacy

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  1. Never doubt the power of prayer for our children. I have spoken on matters of faith with my step children in the past but now, as teens, it is quite hard to. So I pour out prayer on behalf of them. I know God hears and I know, in due time, He will answer those prayers for them. Great post, Cedric and a very important subject.

  2. Keep up pouring out prayers for them sister 😉

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