Building a Legacy
Teaching my Sunday Bible class of retired adults age 65 and over, I am reminded how much we need to learn and do despite our age. It is a constant and ongoing task. We need to not only build our lives on a foundation of obedience to God and keep it but, in turn, lead future generations to build on that same foundation. When we pass on a legacy the way we do things we also pass on a spiritual legacy.
As Christians, we are not out for our own cause, but for the cause of God. Often we do not know where God is leading us, but we maintain our relationship with Him whatever happens. The main thing about Christianity is not only the work we do but the relationship we have with one another and the surrounding influence that is produced by that relationship. This is all God asks of us, and this is the very thing that is continually being attacked by Christians and Non-Christians alike.
This is the discipline by means of which the natural flesh is transformed into the spiritual by surrender and obedience to the voice of God. Many of us do not go on spiritually because we prefer to choose what we consider is right instead of relying on God to choose for us. If we allow God to choose for us than we can truly say, “In Him, we truly live and have our being.”
1 John 1:7 reads, ” But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son, purifies us from all sin.”
What footprints will we leave for someone to follow? Will our children, grandchildren, and friends that we meet throughout our lifetime remember us as having a personal walk with the Lord? Like a runner passing a baton in a relay race, one generation is responsible for passing along its faith to the children and grandchildren of the next generation.
In Deut. 6:6-7 reads “These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
It is important to read Christian books to children. No child is too young or too old to know who God the Father is, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit that can reside in all of us. It is up to every Christian family to teach the love of God to their children. We cannot learn this on mean streets and with mean people, nor can anyone learn this in five minutes. It can only start in the home.
God knows the dangers lurking around us. He created us. He alone can instruct us on how to enjoy this gift of life.
When we speak God’s words, and His ways are written in our hearts, they will spill out into the routines of our lives. Living out our faith in both words and action in the presence of others will make our journey through life a spiritual journey, and leave behind a spiritual legacy.
Until next time. Praise God!