LEGACY: These three remain…
A legacy is defined as money or property that you receive from someone after they die OR something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time. To leave a legacy is to pass on something to others.
1 Corinthians 13:13 says ‘And now these three remain (will last for ever): faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love’.
What remains, our eternal legacy, our inheritance, our reward from our short time on earth are those things done, started, developed, lived, acted upon and served out of Faith (actions trusting in God), Hope (believing and living with an expectation of eternity) and Love (self-less action, preferring others).
The greatest legacy life that bares lasting eternal reward is a life lived:
- with patience toward others… toward those not doing things how I want and when I want
- with kindness to family, neighbours, employees and strangers
- content with my position and possessions
- in humility, having a modest estimate of my own importance
- with a politeness and courtesy toward others
- looking for ways to serve others and put them first
- at peace and with a calmness, letting go of frustrations and annoyances
- practicing forgiveness, letting go of the right to get even
- celebrating when truth and honesty are the norm
- protecting the weak and those entrusted to my care
- trusting God and those around me
- with a positive expectation of a greater tomorrow and with an eternal point of view
- with perseverance, choosing to keep going
- with faithfulness, reliability, dependability and trustworthiness
1 Corinthian 3:12-13: If anyone builds on this foundation (Jesus’ finished work at the cross) using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day (of judging our actions and giving of awards and rewards) will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives (remain), the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
A few challenge or reflection questions:
- What on earth am I working for?!
- What does it mean to seek first the kingdom of God as a builder, accountant, school teacher, nurse, entrepreneur etc?
- Am I working and building with faith, hope and love, especially love?
- Am I working and building for myself, for the natural, for the material and the temporary or am I working and building the kingdom of God and for eternity?
- Am I creating a lasting legacy through what I do every day?
Steve Clark Business Pastor LIFE