What will be my spiritual legacy? What is really important to me? What do I want to pass on?
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)
The Apostle Paul instructed his protege, Timothy, that he must first be strong in the grace of Jesus Christ. In order to leave a legacy, I must be completely committed to Jesus Christ. If this relationship is not stronger than any other relationship, all my energies need to be refocused upon Him. I would like my legacy to reflect a life of action and unswerving devotion to Jesus Christ. This legacy should first be manifest in the relationships within my family. From this core, I want everyone with whom I interact to know that I serve God, fear, and love Him. The elements that will be the foundation of my spiritual legacy include:
1. An Active Prayer Life
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)
2. Reading and meditating upon God’s Word.
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Proverbs 30:5 (NKJV)
3. Worshipping and serving God and never taking Him for granted.
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psalms 2:11 (NKJV)
At the end of my life, I want to be able to look back and confidently declare as Paul did at the end of his life…
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NKJV)
From those to whom I pass along my spiritual legacy, I want them to know that as much as possible, I tried to live a life in constant communication with God through the Holy Spirit; nothing would ever take the place of God in my life. And I want to know that I gave them my very best efforts in whatever I did. A wise man once said, “Being rich is not about how much you have but how much you give. When you give, you will be happier.”
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26 (NKJV)
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.