Some use the word as if it’s always positive. Legacies can be remembered for good, but then legacies can be remembered in infamy. What we do in comparison to the unchangeable standards of right and wrong will decide which one it will be:
- on day one of receiving great power, an executive order is issued to begin using federal funds to support abortion
- an executive order is used to provide governmental health-care to the “partners” of homosexual federal employees
- an executive order was issued to do away with the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule
- an executive mind was changed and “evolved” on the point of view as to whether or not homosexuals should be able to get “married”
- an executive decision was made to prevent the USJD (United States Justice Department) from defending the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) before the US Supreme Court
- an executive decision was made to place a spotlight mentality of high place idolatry and immorality on the white house by having “rainbow colored lights” light up its face
- an executive choice was made to ignore states that are defying federal law by “legalizing” marijuana.
There will be a lot of other things that I will remember from the last 8 years of executive leadership. There is no wool over my eyes. And the wise won’t forget what happened when it is compared to the standard by which all nations have been judged and will be judged. I’d say we better start “clinging” to our Bible a little tighter and say a prayer for the president on his way out, and for the one on his way in.
A legacy has been left alright. Some legacy!
“By righteousness a nation is lifted up, but sin is a cause of shame to the peoples.” (Proverbs 14:34 – BBE)
If you could be known for anything—what would you desire to be remembered for? Would you like to be known as a philanthropist? Would you like to be known as a caring and loving person? Are you already known as one who has more interest in your family than anything else? Would you like to be known for being good, frugal, and virtuous?
Ladies, if you have any godly wisdom here is what you will be known for: you will be known for one who loves and is devoted to the Lord; one who loves and is devoted to your husband (if married); as one who loves and is devoted to the children. All this in that order! As a wife your desire is to not only save your own soul (Philippians 2:12), but the soul of your husband (1 Peter 3:1-6). As a mother you are one who is insistent on the children learning the Lord’s way and not the way of activities others in this world engage. As a Christian, you should be known as a godly woman the Lord could count on to serve Him in His church. If you love the Lord you will be known for all this. RT
If you could be known for anything—what would you desire to be remembered for? Would you like to be known as a philanthropist? Would you like to be known as a drunk, or what about an addict? Would you like to be known for being good, frugal, and virtuous in business?
Husbands, if you have any wisdom, here is what you would like to be known for: you would like to be known as one who loved his wife, cherishing her, and protecting her. You would like to be known as a man who lead his family in the straight and narrow way the Lord paved. You would like to be known as a man to whom each one of the Lord’s servant could depend. Wouldn’t you like to be known like this? You can. RT
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.
We hear about politicians, and perhaps other public figures, being concerned about the legacy they leave behind them after they leave office or the public eye. Should Christians have such a concern? Or is just being obedient in this life and changing people’s eternal destiny through evangelism sufficient? What do you think about leaving a legacy? Should we be concerned about it, work for that?
FYI, legacy is sometimes defined as “something that someone has achieved that continues to exists after they stop working or die.” We’re not talking money or physical goods, obviously, nor the name of a car or plane (made by our local Embraer).
The legacy of a man is two-fold in Judges 9. First, he is in rebellion to God. Second, his dying wish is that it not be known that he died at the hands of a woman. Because of the first legacy, the second never materialized.