SOWING INTO A LEGACY
Patty: Through the grace of God, Dan and I have received a legacy from those who have gone before us, both from the natural children of Abraham and from our spiritual brothers and sisters in the international church. The Bible calls it an inheritance. We highly value the contributions both of our ancient people and of the godly saints in the Church over the past 2000 years. We have received blessing after blessing from the saints who have poured out their lives to extend the Kingdom of God both past and present. The impartation of wisdom and experience from connecting to these saints through books and personal contact is incalculable.
Not only are we heirs of all that has gone before us, (‘And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed” Acts 3:25) but Yeshua, our Lord and Savior, looks at us as being his glorious inheritance: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” (Ephesians 1:18). We endeavor to bring him a glorious inheritance through our lives linked with the great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1).
An inheritance is often thought of as something of material value that is left behind after a person has passed. What is inherited is something for which one has worked and given to another who hasn’t personally earned it. However, a legacy, though similar to an inheritance, is something anyone can benefit from at any time, not just the designated inheritor after someone has died. Legacy, for the believer, is more about bequeathing values, learned experiences, a history of relationships and overcoming obstacles. It is advancing the Kingdom of God rather than valuables, as material wealth is only a small fraction of our legacy.
You leave a good legacy to future generations when you are genuinely grounded in offering yourself to God and his purposes. By this you are making a meaningful and lasting contribution to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. It is serving a greater cause than your own. The requirements of a legacy are that you embrace your uniqueness as a child of God – there is only one you – passionately immersing your whole self into the life God has given you so that the gift of “you” will be available to all. Only you can take up the responsibility to ensure that your life will make an impact on others that will outlast your time on earth and even have significance for eternity.