Art by artist: Mundati Jei
Many people want to leave a legacy and lasting impression. Not many know how to. So how do we?
Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” (KJV)
Legacy is not built by mere accumulation of wealth. The sinner in proverbs accumulates wealth for self, but ends up losing it. The good man in proverbs 13 is one that thinks cross-generationally. He thinks beyond His generation and the generation beyond that. That is where it begins. The inheritance in this context is something you have distributed for others. Not necessarily wealth. It could be a mindset you generate. It is something of value.
We will be judged for the things we do and not what past generations have done. We receive merit for producing eternal value. Value that spans generations. This is the kind of value that we will be rewarded for. This will earn you a legacy in Earth and in Heaven. Any other work carries meaninglessness and vanity. It will be all for nothing.
1 Corinthians 3:10-13: “Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.” (NLT)
So think as cross-generationally as the good man in proverbs. Leave a value-added impact. God placed in you an element of value for you to distribute. Strike while the iron is hot. It is easier to teach new tricks to a younger puppy than an older one. The earlier, the better.
Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (KJV)
They do not necessarily have to be your biological children or even children at all. We are all God’s children. But the earlier, the better.
Think cross-generationally. Produce eternal value. Live and leave a legacy.