Recently I was in a tradesmen’s shop when I saw a plaque on the wall along with a picture of the company’s founder.
He came from Europe and started working as a plumber. He established a business that 4 generations later still serves the public and employs many people. That’s a lasting legacy!
There are examples all around us of people who had a dream which became a legacy. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks. These people who have long since passed away still live on today because of the hopes and dreams that they had. That’s a lasting legacy!
What kind of legacy will you have? What impact will the life you live make? What mark on this earth will you leave?
Maybe you’re a politician or a statesman working to make society better for future generations. Maybe a doctor or scientist working on a wonder drug or cure a disease. Maybe you’re in education and shaping the hearts and minds of the next generation.
Maybe you aren’t any of those things. Maybe you’re one of millions of average people who live each day the same way. Work at a job and go home to family to eat and fellowship before sleeping only to get up the next day and do it all again. Maybe you don’t think you will have a legacy or have an impact or leave a mark.
What, if anything, does God care about the legacy we leave behind or the impact we have or the mark we leave?
The Bible says that our works, actions, legacy here on earth will be weighed by God and tried by fire. Somethings we did will burn as if they were wood, hay or stubble. Others will survive like gold, silver precious gems. 1 Corinthians 3:13
What will burn and what will survive? What is the standard for this test?
What is my life here made of? Wood or Gold? Hay or Silver? Stubble or Precious Gems?
The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church is addressing the divisions and clicks that they are experiencing. Some are pridefully saying that they are Paul’s followers and other Apollo’s followers. Paul is explaining that neither he nor Apollo are anything but it’s God who has saved them. He explains that he only planted seeds and Apollo or others watered but it was God that gave the increase (brought about the salvation).
Paul goes on to say that Jesus is the foundation on which he, Apollo and all other believers build on but we should be careful how we build because it will be judged and tried by fire.
So, are you planting seeds, or watering seeds that others have planted? That is to say, are you building on the foundation Jesus laid? Sharing the good news of the Gospel? Showing the compassion and love of God to others? Willing to lay down your life (humble yourself and or put someone else’s needs before your own) to bring someone to Christ?
Or, are you a believer who is only concerned with your salvation? Attending church but not planting seeds or watering? Content that you’re saved and let the rest of the world find their own way? Talking about your Sunday at church but not the Word of God?
Paul goes on to tell us that if our works survive the fire we will receive a reward but if our work is burnt up we will suffer the loss but be saved. So, our personal salvation is not in jeopardy but our pride will be hurt.
What will your legacy be? Political? Societal? Scientific? or Immortal? Will you plant seeds and water seeds planted so that Jesus has the harvest?
Once we have been saved from Hell’s fire the only legacy that lasts will be those we saved as well.
Go, ye into all the world, and search the Gospel to every creature!!! Mark 16:15 KJV
Be Blessed A&B