I am getting much older now, so discovering my true legacy to pass on to my children and their descendants has been uppermost in my mind. A legacy is what you leave behind, something significant with a profound meaning, that will always be remembered. I could pass on my many books, jewelry, along with other prized possessions, but I have discovered that is not my true legacy that will be remembered for the rest of their lives. I have discovered my true legacy is to pass on what I know about God. I can remember a time in my life when I had no desire to hear the Christian Gospel. In fact, I would run from Christians and anyone else who attempted to talk to me about Christ. I had an unbelievable fear at the time that was not fully understood until much later. Simply put, I discovered from reading the Bible that “… everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (John 3:20, ESV). Well, honestly speaking, that was me at the time. Although it was difficult for me at the time to give up some of my favorite sins, it has been the most amazing journey of discovering my true legacy. A legacy I feel compelled to pass on to all of my family and friends.
Our true legacy is to follow in the steps of Jesus Christ until we die in the flesh. Everything Jesus did was not for His benefit but for the benefit of others and especially for His disciples. Our legacy as believers in Christ is not to carry on mankind’s traditions but to carry on the unique teachings of Jesus Christ handed down to us through the Bible and inspired by the Holy Spirit. If we follow in the footsteps of Christ, then everything we know about our infinite God will be passed on to our descendants, who hopefully will have become our disciples. In a nutshell, this is our legacy. It would be to our shame if our descendants lived their entire lives and did not know the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a thrill it is to share the simple gospel and feel the power of God working through us to save those who hear it. This thrill is magnified when it is shared with our own family members, for which I have many blessed memories. The Bible says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
Unfortunately, we are seeing the great falling away today because most Christians have not passed on their legacy in Christ. They have failed to share the simple gospel. The great falling away is having a profound effect upon humanity driving them into the depths of immortality and unbelievable chaos. We can only imagine what it is doing to our families. Sharing the simple gospel should naturally roll off our tongues with great power to open closed doors bringing our descendants to a point of deeper understanding and conviction. The simple Gospel says Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He was born of a virgin and died on the Cross of Calvary for all of our sins, past, present, and future. Then Christ arose from the grave in three days to give us all a new life in Christ through faith. After we share the simple Gospel then we are ready to share the great principles of our faith. Not only to share the truth in words that others can understand, but we also demonstrate how God has miraculously changed us into a brand-new creation (II Corinthians 5:17). Being changed from one degree of glory to another is our demonstration to our beloved descendants and the fallen world (II Corinthians 3:18). This is our true legacy that we have passed on to others.
My eternal hope is that my sincere love for others has been manifested for all to see, especially my beloved children and grandchildren. Godly love goes well beyond the four-letter word known and embraced by the fallen world. Our godly, self-giving love, even loves our enemies by turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, and giving to those who ask (Matthew 5:43-48). Of course, we know this godly love is impossible to achieve for the fallen world but becomes natural to those who have been made new in Christ. Only this godly love can produce the fruit of gentleness, forbearance, kindness, goodness, and self-control by the indwelling Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The other big change in our new life in Christ is that God puts tremendous joy in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. This goes way beyond the world’s definition that is intrinsically tied to happiness. God’s joy comes from the depths of our hearts contrary to what is happening around us, even if we are faced with sadness, grief, and many other pressing problems. This godly joy causes us to rejoice always, even in public with singing, not as a command but motivated by the Spirit, producing another beautiful fruit of the Spirit (Philippians 4:4).
All this amazing fruit of the Spirit is the result of God making us into a brand-new creation where old things have truly passed away (II Corinthians 5:17). From the very beginning of our journey Christ teaches us how to let go of the past, no longer allowing it to pull us down again into the depths of despair. Every day we are taught how to put on Christ resulting in our phenomenal transformation in Christ. When we see our transformation taking place, we have a desire that all of our children and grandchildren will also enjoy the same experience. As the world struggles with the pain and anguish of their old life burdened with godless psychology and the side effects from their many drugs, the new person in Christ turns to God alone, who has given us everything we need for life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). The more we are transformed trusting in Christ alone for all of our needs we begin to experience the most amazing peace that truly defies understanding (Philippians 4:7). This is our legacy that we deeply desire to pass onto all of our family and friends. As a parent, a grandfather, and now a great-grandfather I have witnessed the pain and suffering of my descendants caused by the fallen world, so as a last will and testament, I pray that they all receive Christ and begin the transformation process today.
We can pass on our many belongings and priceless heirlooms, as we stated before, but they all pale in comparison to passing on our true legacy. As the world enters into greater chaos from rejecting Jesus Christ, then it’s difficult to put into words the horror that awaits the fallen world. The world rushes to its caves of godless technology controlled by the Antichrist system to escape what’s falling now upon the world. There is only one place of true refuge that will keep you in His amazing peace, joy in your heart and a living hope that will look beyond this life to the absolute bliss of heaven. It is my eternal hope to see all of my family, friends, and the many disciples that I had the privilege of helping on their journey to a true everlasting life. This is my legacy discovered many years ago as a child and fully embraced as a young adult. Oh, what an amazing journey it’s been every day of my life. This is my legacy that I pass on to you today. Please make it your legacy too and remember to pass it on to your own children and grandchildren to the glory of God. Amen
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