I’ve been thinking sometime about leaving a legacy. I’ve thought about it more in the last week. A dear friend’s brother died, and I’ll be attending a celebration of his life tomorrow. I just returned from a girlfriend’s trip, several of who I have known since either elementary or intermediate school, some since high school. They know me; and I wonder for what I will be remembered. What I hope is that people will remember that I love Jesus and others.
I love the song by Casting Crowns “Only Jesus”. The first verse talks about what the world says is important: Make it count, leave a mark, build a name for yourself. Dream your dreams, chase your heart, above all else. Make a name the world remembers. But all an empty world can sell is empty dreams. I got lost in the lie that it was up to me to make a name the world remembers. But Jesus is the only name to remember.
Building a name for myself would be akin to me building wealth here on earth. It’s idolatry, because it is pridefully putting myself before Jesus. Jesus said: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:19-21)
If my heart is with Jesus, then building something for myself here on earth becomes less important. John the Baptist understood this: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) And then he gave us the very reason: only Jesus can give us an eternity with the Lord, and remove God’s wrath from us. “He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what He has seen and heard, yet no one receives His testimony. Whoever receives His testimony sets His seal to this, that God is true. For He whom God has sent utters the words of God, for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:31-36)
The 2nd verse and chorus is where my thoughts are this morning: All the kingdoms built, all the trophies won will crumble into dust when it’s said and done. ‘Cause all that really matters [is] did I live the truth to the ones I love? Was my life the proof that there is only One Whose name will last forever? And I, I don’t want to leave a legacy. I don’t care if they remember me: Only Jesus. And I, I’ve only got one life to live; I’ll let every second point to Him: Only Jesus.
Lord, thank You for the reminder this morning that my life is but a vapor, and what I build here on earth is fleeting, unless it is for Your kingdom. Lord, use me today to share Your love and light with others today to draw them to You. But, Lord, let me not forget to share Your full truth. You are a loving God full of grace and mercy; but You are also a Just and Righteous God Who will judge the unrighteous. I’ve only got one life to live, so Lord let me live it to build up Your kingdom and treasures for eternity. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.