Not My Legacy to Leave
The hustle of making a mark on the world seems to be very necessary lately; to leave a legacy. What am I doing to change the world? Break barriers and ceilings and make my mark. But in all of the striving who’s mark am I leaving?
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14 ESV
So after God created me and then calls me to him and I finally accept him and run into his embrace, he sealed me with the Holy Spirit? Other translations say marked by the Holy Spirit. But either way, He created me and then marks me and somehow this world tells me that I need to leave my mark. Well what if we’re just supposed to leave His mark?
It keeps happening, over and over and over again. We’re told we can do it all. We can do whatever we want. “You do you” is probably the most simple but non Christlike motto to live by. Thankfully Jesus didn’t live like that, when he suffered and died to save our sinful selves.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24 ESV
Legacy can also be defined as inheritance. I’m sure it’s always great to leave something to your family. You can’t take it with you. But what kingdom are we working and striving for. Our kingdom or His? In the book, In His Image, Jen Wilkin writes “God’s will for our lives is that we becoming living proof.” So the Creator handcrafted each of us, not for our works or legacy, but for His glorification.
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So what does it look like to leave Christ’s legacy instead of ours? Jen writes, “As we grow in holiness, love, goodness, justice, mercy, grace, faith, patience, truth, and wisdom, we look increasingly like Christ, who looks exactly like God.” I’m pretty sure that’s a good start. By our lives the fruit from it will leave a legacy for Christ and grow His kingdom.
What do you want the story to be? Your family speaks of you years down the road, what do you want your great great grandchildren to know of you? Dream answer for me is “She was a woman on fire for God and she loved her family well.”
None of this means we can’t succeed and have an empire of businesses, but our heart matters here. It’s not our sole purpose in life to build our empires. God gives us abilities and talents and gifts so that we can work to provide for our lives and family while our main focus should be expanding His kingdom. Be fruitful and multiple, the Kingdom, not our bank accounts.
“Everything we say or do will either illuminate or obscure the character of God. Sanctification is the process of joyfully growing luminous. Through Christ and by the Spirit, we have regained access to God’s presence. And the result is the glorious reclamation of the image of God in man.” – Jen Wilkin, In Him Image
Today, and everyday, I want to be intentional about building God’s empire. His glory, not mine. He gets it all. No matter what. Doesn’t matter if I shatter ceilings, accomplish my personal goals, or anything else. My goal is to focus on His goals for my life!