Legacy

We are coming up on one of the most important days for mankind.  That’s right… Easter is here and it is not all about Easter bunnies, egg hunts, and Easter baskets.  It is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The moment in history where God sent His only son to die on the cross while we were still sinners.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

This is a time where we are reminded of the sacrifice that God gave for us to be able to have a relationship with Christ.  Wow… what a feeling of conviction.  It lays heavy on my heart each year around this time and makes me truly put my life into perspective of what I am doing to glorify Christ and serve Him in full surrendering and a thankful heart.

Jesus left quite the legacy when He left this earth to join His Father on the right side of the throne.  Spreading the good news of God and how sovereign He is and showing the way to eternal life.  His ministry was just about 3 years long, but when it came down to it He was obedient in dying on the cross for us while we were sinners.  You may say that this was the most important moment in history, but the fact that He was resurrected just 3 days later was the actual miracle.  His resurrection is what sealed the deal.  Christ’s works and his death to save all of us that choose to surrender ourselves to Him and believe in Him is His legacy.  His legacy was to serve others, love others, and die for us.

For even the son of man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:28

We can never live to out do Christ’s legacy, but this brings me to thinking about what my legacy will be and what do I want it to be?  Some people live for the success, or money, or family and loved ones.  Some people choose for their legacy to be known as always helping others.  What ever it may be we should think about our legacy.  What do we want to be known for?

It is hard for me to imagine that by God’s grace, we have been saved and forgiven for all our sins, past, present, and future.  I find myself trying to work for it sometimes especially when I start to feel convicted for my own sin.  I naturally am prone to thinking about what I can do to make it right.  The great news on this is that due to God sending his only son to die for our sins that we are saved, not by the work we do, but purely by His grace that He has provided.  Jesus’ resurrection has healed us. 

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.  By his wounds you have been healed.

1 Peter 2:24

Healing…As Christ has healed us through His wounds, we can help to heal others.  As children of God we have a responsibility to bring people to Christ and help them and ourselves grow.  Our legacy should involve setting an example as children of God so that we may share God’s love, mercy, and grace with the world.  If we can do that, we can help bring people to Christ and ultimately connecting them to the true healing that only Jesus can provide.

So yes, I want to be known for success, family, and helping others when I can, but those are all bi-products of what we should be aiming to build our legacy.  Our legacy, should not be meant to leave on this world, but should be meant to bring with us to our eternal life and to God.  When I see Jesus for the first time I want to see him smile and hear him say “Well done my good and faithful servant!”  I think ultimately if we have that in mind as we are building our legacy for Him, then our legacy will be exactly what we want left here on earth.  People saying that they saw God’s blessings on them for continuing to strive to Glorify God on a daily basis.  That we made a difference in people’s lives by showing them God’s love.  That is the legacy that I want to build for myself.

So as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ today, think about what you are doing in your life and what type of legacy you are building for yourself.  Is it in line for what Christ calls us to do?  Is it truly what you want it to be?  Do you need to make some changes in your life?  As Jesus Christ’s legacy is healing us through His death, then we can help bring others to healing through His love.