Legacy Thoughts

Recently, I found a Native American arrowhead. This artifact was confirmed to belong to a tribe from circa 1600 approximately four hundred years ago. As I marveled at the craftsmanship, my thoughts were drawn to the person who made this tool of survival. I thought about their lifestyle, culture and family and how this artifact was all that remained of this person’s life. Naturally, God used this to speak to my heart and I remembered Solomon’s account of this world’s material value as “vanity.” Certainly, this was proof, this native didn’t take his possession with him when he died and this was all that was left of his mortal existence. Our theme lately has been “what will be your legacy?” and I was challenged by the thought of what would I leave behind to be found four hundred years from now and of what value would it be?

Matthew 6:19-21 says “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” In Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Solomon writes regarding the vanities of this world “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” As I meditated on these verses, I questioned what does this mean to “Fear God and keep His commandments” and what “treasures” have I laid up for eternity?

I believe the answers are found in Matthew 22:36-40 which says “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”   To fear God is to recognize His holy sovereignty and to love Him. How do we love God? By following his commandments. What are His commandments? To love one another as ourselves. Interestingly, this seems to only lead to more questions. Do we just say we love or are we required to do something to prove our love? Love is an action.

More questions lead to more reading and praying. Matthew 28:19-20 says “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” What more can we do to show how much we love God and our neighbor, than to share with them God’s Son and what He has done for us in our lives. Does this mean we are all to be teachers, preachers and missionaries? Maybe not all in such identified roles, but we all are commissioned to share Jesus with others.

I must confess, this verse has always challenged me. Sharing the gospel with others. What do I say. How do I say it. What if they ask questions I don’t know the answers? How can I go out and talk to strangers about Jesus? When Andrew met Jesus it says in John 1:41-42 “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus.” It doesn’t say he had a long theological debate or a persuading conversation, it simply says “And he brought him to Jesus.” Andrew loved God, loved Jesus and loved his brother and wanted him to meet Jesus. Andrew understood what love means and he acted upon it.

I pray the Holy Spirit challenges each of you the way He has me with this message. Let’s show God how much we love Him by sharing Jesus with someone close to us. Let’s show those close to us how much we love them by leading them to Jesus and sharing with them what He has done for us in our lives. All the while, we will be laying up treasures for ourselves in heaven and leaving a legacy for Jesus.

Let us all leave a legacy for Jesus.