What are you living for? For many in the church today the answer to that question is found in the word legacy. They are living to leave behind a legacy for family, friends, and/or peers. The word legacy is defined as something handed down from the past by an ancestor or a predecessor. A legacy isn’t confined to inanimate objects, such as money and possessions. It also extends into the area of talents and gifting.
Now, it is a fact that we are all going to leave behind a legacy of some sort, but make no mistake: living for your own legacy is too little to live for! Christians are called to leave behind a life lived for the expansion of God’s kingdom and the furtherance of His purposes in this world. And that will only be accomplished when we are living for the glory of God’s story and not the embellishment of our own. It all boils down to what we are living for.
So . . . what about you? What are you living for?
It’s easy to get faked out. We can think we are living for God’s story, when in fact we are living for our own. The Gospel becomes a means to an end rather than the end itself. We begin living for our own dreams . . . our goals . . . our desires . . . the expansion of our kingdom . . . and not God’s.
We want the Gospel to give us health. We want the Gospel to give us wealth. We want the Gospel to give us a happy marriage. We want the Gospel to give us obedient children. We want the Gospel to give us a good job. We want the good gifts that are often the fruit of the Gospel, rather than the gracious Giver of those gifts. This is shrinking the size of our life down to the size of our life, and that is too little to live for! When we are living for anything smaller than God, we are living for a tiny legacy that is dull and sinful and miserable.
Living for the legacy of the Lord is living a life that is poured out for others. It is living to fulfill the purposes of His kingdom rather than your own kingdom. Take a moment to prayerfully consider whose legacy you have been living for; and as you do, meditate on these God-breathed words:
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the Gospel that has come to you. (Colossians 1:3-6)
Now that is a legacy worth living for—a life lived that is marked by faith in Christ and love for others.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!