'Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.' Daniel 12:3 NLT
At funerals, there's usually a time when people pay tribute to and share memories of the person who died. When we die, what do we want people to say, and remember, about us? Hopefully not about how much money we made, how clever we were or the amount of 'stuff' we owned. Our legacy should be about how close our character was to Christ's, how strong our faith was, who we shared God's love and redemption with and the positive influence we had on our communities.
As Christ followers, our life on earth is meant to be about becoming more like him and living as he did. It's about having an impact on others and using our lives to glorify God. The Bible says: 'Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted' (1 Corinthians 15:58 NCV).
The work we do for God today has eternal value. It's not a waste of time. When we feel like we're not making any difference for Jesus, we mustn't give up. It isn't about people thinking how great we were or how good a life we led; it's about the difference we made on earth when God's Kingdom broke through into our communities and into people's lives. Let's be people who leave this kind of legacy so that those after us will praise God 'from generation to generation' (Psalm 79:13 NIV).
So what now? It's never too late to start building your legacy around Jesus. Start living as he did today!
Soulfood: 2 Cor 9:1-11:15 Lk 2:8-20 Ps 144:9-15 Pro 16:4-7,