Legacy is defined as “an inheritance, or something that has come from a predecessor or the past.” If so, then what may a faithful Christian leave others that issues from a faithful life on earth?
Influence is the lasting effect that can possibly change the spiritual condition of those we leave on earth. The Bible says, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed, indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them,’” (Revelation 14:13 ESV).
It is impossible in this life to know the full extent of the influence we have on others for the Lord. After we leave this life, our good Christian influence may be the powerful tool to change someone’s eternal destiny.
My father once taught a member of a denominational church for more than 10 years, but was never able to convince him to obey the gospel. After my father died, however, the man obeyed the gospel and told others the life my father lived and the teachings of the gospel he gave were the reasons why he obeyed God.
“For their deeds follow them.” When we are released from this life, there are people alive who may be influenced to live for Jesus. There can be no greater legacy.