Legacy... What is Legacy?

 

As I was listening last Sunday to my pastor sharing about the history of Kingsview Community Church, about the legacy and the vision they unknowingly passed along to the generations to come; about the torch that WE received from their hands to carry forward in our community, the words from “Hamilton” musical kept coming to mind.

“Legacy, what is a legacy?

It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see

I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me”

Legacy (definition) - something transmitted from the past, inherited, received by will; our memories, our knowledge, our wisdom and our experience that we are proud to testate to those who will come after us.

Legacy!

When I hear this word I always perceive an undertone of pride in it, achievement, fame, success, an attempt to preserve or eternalize one’s self. That until I think about the legacy left behind by Jesus. It was of a very different kind.

John 17:6 
“I have revealed your name to the men you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your word.”

What was His legacy? His death, His sacrifice, His blood; the seeds of forgiveness left behind for those who would one day receive it. He had revealed the Father's name to those who were given to Him; to those who, in turn, would reveal the Father's name to YOU and ME.

WE ARE God's legacy! I need to pause to let it sink in… It’s not to be taken lightly! How do I feel about being His legacy? How am I doing as His legacy? Do I represent His legacy well? Do I carry well the legacy of the One who gave His life for it?

We are God’s legacy! But we are also the legacy of those who were willing to carry on HIS. We are the legacy of those whose lives brushed against ours even if momentary. We are the legacy of those who continue to walk with us today and of those with whom our path will never cross again. We are the legacy of those who prayed for us, who encouraged us, who poured out their lives into ours. We are the legacy of those who are aware of their impact on our lives but also of those who made their profound impression much as unknowingly and unintentionally.

How well are we carrying the legacy bestowed on us by others?

And then I flip the coin, I turn the tables and throw in a question. If I am a legacy maker, what kind of seeds am I holding in my hand? What kind of plants will sprout in my garden one day? What is MY legacy?

1 Corinthians 3:6-8

“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 

It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 

The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.”

Mark 4:26

“And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;

and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows--how, he himself does not know.

"The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.”

John 12:23

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone;

but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also.
If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”

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