My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
God is interested in Legacy. He was interested in his own legacy, in his son’s legacy and he is interested in your legacy. We see Jesus as the reflection of God; he was a visible, tangible portrayal of the Father’s love and mercy and was devoted to living out the Father’s legacy. He believed the way of the Father should be his way. And he became the Way. His legacy rolls on over generations, in the most widely published book on earth, through the most powerful movement ever known to man.
The early disciples believed in the Legacy so much they carried it on. And how they lived their lives, chronicled in the Scriptures, became worthy of following. Their legacy is carried on even today. They were sold out to God and His purposes; so much that they left everything secure to be a part of the movement.
We also are leaving a legacy. Whether intentionally or not, we’re writing a story with our lives to be read by generations to come. We are setting an example and a tone for the next generation to follow.
What will your legacy be?
Will it be one marked by bad decisions and unfaithfulness, by besetting and addictive sin patterns? Or will it be one characterized by humility, contrition, boldness and change. Will you be known by your stubborn resistance or by how you sold out to God and his purposes? God’s desire is for you to leave a positive legacy; one that points this generation and those to come back to Him.
Today we all get to choose the legacy we’ll leave.