Psalm 78:5 (NIV)
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
As we read in Pslam 78:5, we see that parents are commanded to teach God’s law to their children. One of the reasons for this is to build a legacy of following God. We can’t hope for, dream about, or take casually the subject of legacy. It requires people to be intentional and demonstrate to their family what character and faith are all about.
Someday we will be the center attraction at a church, chapel, or funeral home. Our legacy-building days will be over, and our legacy will be carved in the hearts and minds of those that we leave behind. Will our legacy be one of being disconnected and more concerned with career-building than family-building? Or will it be an enduring, lasting legacy that points others to Christ? We get to choose. Even if your parents left an unhealthy legacy, you can break the cycle and build your own legacy that will speak positively to future generations.
Billy Graham once said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” When someone dies, they don’t talk about how much money they had or how many things they accumulated during their life. Instead, the focus is on the type of person they were.
As parents, our desire should be to build an enduring legacy through our children. Even if you are not a parent, we should desire to build an enduring legacy through the next generation. This requires us to concentrate on the who, what, where, when, and why of legacy-building. Are we using what God has given us to build His kingdom, or are we focused more on our own desires? Do we reflect Christ in our homes, churches, workplaces, and communities? Legacy-building should be each of our callings. Our loved ones should see consistency in our character in all facets of our lives. Our motivation should be to please God and equip those who follow us with an example of godly character and faith.