Voice of Grace (Sunday Spiritual Menu Series)
WHAT LEGACY ARE YOU LEAVING BEHIND?
By: Evangelist Joseph O Olorunnisola Date: May 28, 2006
When your life here on earth is over, how do you hope to be remembered? What impact is your life currently making on your family, your neighbors, your friends and all those coming into contact with you? Have you ever thought of what you will leave behind, that has any lasting value?
Our lives are an expression of who we are and can have a compelling influence on our children and all those who look upon our leadership. Unfortunately, people are often more concerned about how long they will live than how they live. But the scripture teaches us that God is only interested in what we do with the time He gave to us on this earth.
Lady ‘D’ (the estranged wife of Prince Charles) lived a very brief life, but left an enduring legacy of love, humility, charity and affection even for the destitues and the afflicted of the villages of Africa. She abandoned the exalted Buckingham Palace to seek out the deprived of Rwanda, Congo and Kenya and other villages in Africa.
The devotion, godliness and submission of the Rechabite permeated through his son-Jonadab, to the grandchildren- and became a generational legacy of love, meekness and godliness (Jeremiah 35).
At the transition of Dorcas, the entire town became a testimony of her love, humility, good works, almsdeeds and charity to widows, orphans and the less privileged (Acts 9: 36-39). The natural man would consider material wealth, possession and academic/professional attainment as a benchmark and worthy legacy. They are truly good but very irrelevant for our after-life assessment.
Behold the parable of the rich fool: “And he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, this I will do: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there will I bestow my fruits and my wealth.
And I will say to my soul, thou has much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said unto him, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be
required of thee. Then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.” Luke 12:17-21. “Mercy is what I require and not sacrifice”, Said my lord in Matthew 12:7.
What legacy are you leaving behind? When God created you, he had a specific purpose in mind – to bring honor and glory to him. Is 43:7 “Even everyone that is called by my name: for I have created Him for my glory.” Christ repeated the same purpose in
Matt 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glory your Father that is in Heaven.” Does your life give glory to God through your interpersonal relationship with your family, friends, neighbors and contacts? Your thinking, your conduct and conversations of today will become your legacy, providing your portrait to be seen long after you are gone and of course, a reward and pointer to your children whether good or bad. How your lifetime is invested is the important thing and not the number of years spent. How many people are you attracting to your life with your attitude (you are supposed to be the salt of the world) and how many are avoiding you?
The worthy legacy of a spiritual man, with citizenship of the heavenly kingdom of glory, is the fear of God: sincere love, peace, purity of mind, meekness, humility, bowel of mercy, charity, worshipping God devotedly and keeping His commands. It is not too late. You can still make it. Please have a new attitude transplant today. The world is watching, and Heavens are recording.
May the good Lord of the Sabbath make you a beacon of love and peace. Amen.
In His Grace,
Evangelist Joseph Olorunnisola --- Celestial Church of Christ, Voice of Grace Parish. Trenton. NJ
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