Good morning and Welcome to Church! Have you ever given much thought to what your legacy will be? Or, maybe a different question might be: Have you ever given much thought to what people will remember you for? Both of those seem a little different to me, even though they may practically be the same thing.
The legacy that we leave is that which we have invested in the world. Our legacy is the investment that we have made in, other people’s lives, in the communities that we live in and the organizations that we pour ourselves into. It is important to remember, though, that “legacy” isn’t always necessarily good. It is just the investment that we leave, and it can be positive or negative.
The next question was about what people will remember you for. That’s the question that seems more important to me as I grow more mature in this world and in my walk with Christ. I remember a time when I used to think a lot about things like my “legacy” or how important I would be or how much of a difference I would make in the world. However, as I have grown older and more mature, the question of how important I was or what kind of mark I left on this world has diminished.
The question that has become more important to me is what people will remember me for, or remember about me. To be honest, there really isn’t much we can do about our legacy. It will be what it will be. However, how people know and think of us and how they remember us, does seem like something we can have a direct impact on.
What do you want people to remember you for, or about you? Are they things that glorified Christ in this world? Will people remember you for your love? Will people remember you for your joy? Will people remember you for your peace? Will people remember you for your patience? Will people remember you for your kindness? Will people remember you for your goodness? Will people remember you for your faithfulness? Will people remember you for your gentleness? Will people remember you for your self-control?
Those are the fruits of the Spirit. Those are the fruits of the Christian life. If that is the investment that you are making in this world, then praise God. If it is not, then I have good news. If you are saved, you have the Holy Spirit within you and you have the power to produce this fruit in your life. All you have to do is want to do it, and then get busy doing it, every day in every conversation and interaction. Your legacy might not be something you can control, but how people know and remember you is totally in your hands.
All for Jesus,