The Legacy we Leave
A few years back, a dear old soul was welcomed into the arms of Jesus at the wonderful age of 101. It wasn’t just her age that was remarkable, but it was also the life that she lived and the legacy that she has left. She would be described as a woman of faith, steadfast, and loving. Christ was her closest friend and she wanted all to know Him the way she did. She had a heart for the lost and was an encouragement to fellow believers.
Thinking on the impact that this lady made in my life, and in the lives of so many, got me thinking about the legacy that we leave and our walk as believers.
We are encouraged often in the Word to be mindful of our walk, knowing that it is an example. Paul in Philippians 2:27 says, “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving for the faith of the gospel”.
“Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:2
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
Being the oldest sibling of three, I learned how influential I was very quickly. It doesn’t take long for a younger sibling to want to try what you’re doing and when they’re older to use your life as a bit a gauge to how they live their own. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a good example to those who were watching me and that continued to be true as I starting taking on more leadership roles around age 16.
I did and still do, desperately want to be able to say like Paul, “follow me as I follow Christ”. I think that is the greatest thing we can attain to while we live life on this earth. To walk and talk in such a way as to point others to the person and work of Christ. To lead in such a way that grace and love permeate our actions and decisions. Where we are so focused on Christ and His big picture of redemption and restoration that our daily lives and interactions reflect that.
I know I’m not there yet and pray for many years in which I can be a positive witness to the goodness and grace of God. I pray I never lose sight of all that God has done and what my daily response should be to Him; that I will be quick to hear and quick to obey; that I would daily choose to die to self so that He can live victoriously in and through me.
It is so easy to become distracted in this world, to see other things that perhaps we want to attain to or become like. A few more things to get, a little more money to earn, a little more weight to lose, a few more friends to impress. I know I so often get caught up in the things that don’t really matter from an eternal perspective. Christ calls me to be a disciple and to make more diciples.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”
I pray that God continues to give you the grace and diligence to walk well! That you would find yourselves desiring what God desires for your life and that you will have a legacy fixed and anchored in Him!
Walk well my friends!
*Originally posted on The Eddy Blog 2016