The Legacy of a Legend
To borrow the lyrics from an old Simon and Garfunkel song from the 60's--"Joltin' Joe has left and gone away. Hey, hey, hey." No, not Joe DiMaggio, but Joe Paterno.
Joe Paterno, who made his fame as the winningest coach in college football came to the end of his life just a few days ago. Plagued by the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and his final battle with cancer, his days on earth came to an end. The local news took us inside the Bryce Jordan Center as over 16,000 people remembered the life of a legend.
Many of his former players gave testimony to the life that he lived and praised him for all that he did to develop not just top notch football players, but human beings. His philanthropy was in the spotlight focusing on all that he did for Penn State University. He touched thousands of lives from around the world, but may I remind you, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36).
I have no possible way of knowing Joe Paterno's personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but this I know. If he did not accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior all the good he did in this life was for naught.
There was another man by the name of David Wilkerson. He grew up in Central Pennsylvania not far from my hometown of Bellefonte. He followed the call of God to New York City and met a man by the name of Nicky Cruz, and the rest is history. The Cross and the Switchblade began a revival in the heart of the Big Apple that hasn't been seen since. What he left behind will last for eternity.
What is the legacy that you will leave behind for your children? Your grandchildren? What about your name? What will people remember about you? Will it matter for eternity? Our life is but a vapor. So quickly it will be gone.
Out of all the promises in the Bible, tomorrow is not one of them. Oh, if God would burn His passion into our lives. Oh, if we would give God every last ounce of our strength, of our being, that we might leave behind a legacy worthy of His Name. The choice is yours. God is calling on you today to make a difference. So the question is this. Will you?
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