The Death of Legacy
Death of Legacy
Legacy is something that I have always been brought up in. My dad was a high school and college basketball champ and had built a name in that legacy. His name will always be remembered in the town of Alexandria and probably Indiana. I admire him for how much effort he put into basketball and how much he cared about his town. So why is this called the death of legacy? Is legacy even a bad thing? I don’t believe it is bad at its roots, but I think it can be. What could be bad about wanting your name remembered?
Here’s the problem, and it is a problem with anything of this world really, is when it gets in the way of our relationship with Christ. I’m sure we’ve all heard the Casting Crowns song, Only Jesus, by now. The title is pretty blunt and obvious. It’s only Jesus. Legacy is special, because it can affect your whole outlook on Christ. If you are trying to leave something for this world to remember, it hinders your ability to overcome the world itself and its temptations.
Now if in your journey, you happen to gain popularity and respect from others, make it known who you stand for. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from. If you stand for Christ, he should come before everything, even those closest to you, the things closest to you, and the world.
This world will crumble to dust one day, so why bother giving it your time when you could give Jesus your time.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
When the Lord is your Shepard, you shouldn’t give in to your worldly desires. Why would you? You have everything when you have Christ in your heart. There is no amount of anything in this world I that could come close. That’s why, in my opinion, legacy is useless. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my home. I love a lot about this world, but if it hinders my relationship with Christ, who is EVERYTHING, then I’ll cut it off.
“And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.”
Now, you might say,”Jesus left a legacy behind didn’t he?”
I say no. I believe he left a lifestyle. He gave a way to live. He gave a salvation. He gave a way to eternity through the cross. That’s not legacy, that’s everything. Don’t give in to the world that owes you nothing. Give in to Christ, whom you owe everything.
© 2019 MJ Hosier