Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines legacy as “a bequest; a particular thing, or certain sum of money given by last will or testament.”
However, a Christian legacy is passing on our faith. It is not something that is passed on or revealed at our death … it is seen and shared with others while we are alive. So, when we do go to be with the Lord, those left behind will remember how we lived, what we believed, and who we loved – the Lord Jesus Christ. Our legacy will be how we lived and how we died … for the glory of God.
Perseverance in the faith is the best legacy a parent can leave to their child.
MY PURPOSE: CREATED FOR GOD’S GLORY
Why do we need to leave a legacy? Who am I? Why was I put here? What legacy do I leave? What’s it all about? (Sound like the 60’s?) We turn to Psalm 90 for answers. Moses prayed about a legacy for Israel.
Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children (Psalm 90:16).
It is thought Moses wrote this lament for the children of Israel as they were about to cross the Jordan river. This was important for the generation that would conqueror the Promised Land.
Your work, meaning God’s work.
It doesn’t say our work. Moses asks God to show Israel His work. Moses has been asking for mercy. Now he asks the Lord to let them see Him working among them. The greatest mercy would be to see God’s chief work and His providential works among them. Moses prays God will reveal Himself to Israel through His works.
Moses asks for God’s glorious power to be shown to their children. He wanted the future generation to know His love for them by seeing the accumulating powerful deeds and favor He showed Israel.
Here was Moses’ heart, as should be ours: May our children know and see your manifested glory. May they see Your works of mercy among us.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! (Psalm 90:17).
Favor encompasses the qualities of kindness, beauty, delight.
So, Moses has asked in verse 16 and the first part of 17 that God’s grace and mercy and all His acts to them, in every detail, be made known to not only the current generation, but generations to follow, and then he asks God to show them favor in what they are about to do. Moses is asking for favor in establishing the works they were about to undertake: the work of taking the Promised Land in the name of Yahweh. Moses wants God to glorify Himself through the Israelites. How the future played out would reflect upon the glory of Israel and her God.
We are created for God’s glory.
I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made (Isaiah 43:6-7).
God works among us and through us and we give Him all the glory. When He is merciful to us, it reflects His glory. When we are faithful to our calling and rely and trust Him to establish the work of our hands, it brings Him glory. People are not to look at us and think how great we are. No, they are to think how great our God is. We are to be God’s glory reflectors.
But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it “(John 11:4).
He providentially works all things for His glory and our good.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake (Psalm 79:9)!
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you (1 Peter 4:14).
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
We are His workmanship – to reflect His glory.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).
Moses knew anything done must be done by the Lord, so he cried out:
And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17)
If we are to be successful at anything it must be the Holy Spirit leading, guiding, directing or all is vain. And we are promised that God will not forget our work on His behalf … if it is a labor of love.
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end (Hebrews 6:10-11).
The writer of Hebrews urges us to work with diligence in the full confidence of our God to the end. In this way you will leave a legacy of faith to not only your children, or nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, friends, but to their children and their children’s children.
May they see us living out our faith in Jesus Christ, but may it be impacting so that when we go Home, they will say, “Oh how she loved Jesus!”
That’s the legacy I want. I pray for. I work for.
How about you?
You are loved