As we all go through life there is one thing that we will all one day leave behind when we experience death. That one thing we will leave behind is a legacy. The type of legacy we leave behind is truly determined by us. With all the events and things that are going on today in this world. One thing we will never know is when we will take our last breath. Not knowing when that time will come we should all be thinking about the type of legacy we will leave behind when that time comes. What will people say about you when you are gone? What will your friends and family say about you when it’s all said and done? How will your legacy impact those who were connected to you? Will you leave a legacy that will bring a blessing to your family and all who were connected to you? Or will you bring bad things upon them that they will have to deal with when your gone? Finally and the most important question of them all. What will God say about the legacy you left when you encounter him? These are the type of questions we should all be asking ourselves. When I began to search for the importance of leaving a good legacy behind. God showed me several things in his word that showed me just how important it is to leave a good legacy. But most importantly how it was truly important to leave a legacy of obedience to him and the blessings that come along with it if you do. So lets look together at some scriptures that should encourage all of us to do the same like those we will talk about.
Genesis 22:3/12/17-3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. In this verse we could see clearly Abraham obedience to Gods instructions by going to the place God had told him. Abraham son and servants were able to see this obedience because they were with him.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. Once again we can see Abraham obedience because he was about to do exactly what God had told him to do which was to sacrifice his son. God recognized his obedience and stopped him from doing it which saved his son.
”17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies. Because of his obedience God promised to bless him and Gods promises never fails. What Abraham was showing those around him and his son was how to be obedient to God. What he was doing was leaving a legacy behind. Just like Abraham we also can be blessed by being obedient to the Lord. Also just like Abraham we are all leaving a legacy behind even if we don’t even recognize it.
Genesis 25:11-11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi. Isaac was blessed because of his fathers obedience and the legacy that his father was leaving behind.
Gensis 26:12/24-12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” Abrham’s legacy and obedience brought a blessing to his son. If Abraham would have chosen a different way. It could have caused a curse on Isaac’s life. Is your legacy going to cause a blessing or a curse?
Now lets take a look in the New Testament and talk a little about a man name Cornelius. Cornelius was a devout God-fearing man who loved the Lord and who have generously to those in need and prayed regularly to God. Those who were around Cornelius saw this and his family and others in the end was blessed because of his great example.
Acts 10:24/30-33/44/48- 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. He called those he was around because he wanted them to also hear the word of the Lord for themselves. I consider that an unselfish act.
30 Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The Holy Spirit came upon all those who were with Cornelius. The blessing the received by Cornelius obedience was the Gift of receiving the Holy Spirit.
48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. They received baptism after the Holy Spirit came upon them. Cornelius left a great legacy for those around him. What type of legacy will you leave?
There are many more stories of obedience and great blessings that came from it in the Bible. The disciples were blessed because of their obedience and they have left us all a great legacy to follow. Rahab’s life and her family’s life were saved because of it. Hanah prayed to God for a child promising to give him back to God which she did and she was blessed with other children and her son one of the greatest judges there ever was Samuel was blessed by it and others was blessed by it.
So as you go through out your day today. Think about the kind of legacy you would like to leave behind. Ask your self is it a legacy of obedience to God or is it one that is not. Remember just like Abraham you could leave a legacy behind to your family and friends that will cause a blessing in their life. Or you could leave a legacy that cause destruction like Pharaoh did to his family and those connected to him when he refused to let Gods people go.
Lord I pray that we all desire to leave the type of legacy that you would have us to leave and that it would cause a blessing to those around us instead of a curse. Lord I pray also that if someone is leaving a legacy that is against your will. I pray that you convict their heart through what ever means necessary getting them on the track that you would have them to go. Lastly Lord, I pray that if someone who reads this blog doesn’t have a relationship with you, that they ask you to forgive them of their sins and confess with their mouth that you are Lord and believe in their heart that God raised you from the dead and that they be saved in Jesus name I pray Amen.