Summary: A legacy is something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time. The memories one leaves are part of that legacy. How will you be remembered? Years from now, when someone mentions your name, what memories will be invoked?
How Will You Be Remembered?
“The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.”
Maxwell House Coffee sponsored a weekly CBS television comedy-drama series called “I Remember Mama” which ran from July 1, 1949 until March 17, 1957. It told the ongoing story of a loving Norwegian family living in San Francisco in the 1910s through the eyes of the elder daughter, Katrin Hansen, who was seen looking through the pages of the family album at the start of each episode with the familiar opening narration: "This old album makes me remember so many things in the past: San Francisco and the house on Steiner Street where I was born. It brings back memories of my cousins, aunts, and uncles; all the boys and girls I grew up with. And I remember my family as we were then. My brother Nels, my little sister Dagmar, and of course, Papa; but most of all when I look back to those days so long ago, most of all, I remember ... Mama."
We are not going to be around this world forever. Every one of us will experience death should Christ tarry. During the time that we are here, we are writing a legacy that will be left for generations who will follow us. A legacy is something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time. The memories one leaves are part of that legacy. How will you be remembered? Years from now, when someone mentions your name, what memories will be invoked?
I. How you live will determine how you are remembered
A. “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave” - Native American proverb
B. What comes to your mind when you hear the name - Demas?
1. A superficial believer; a quitter; one who loved the world more than serving Christ
2. 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia
C. What do you think of when someone refers to Job?
1. Patient; one who was faithful under the severest adversity
2. James 5:11 “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”
D. What comes to your mind when you hear the name of Lot?
1. A compromising Christian; one who held mixed allegiances; one whose lifestyle destroyed his influence
2. Genesis 19:14 “And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.”
E. What pictures come to mind when you the think of Lot’s wife?
1. A pillar of salt, one who couldn’t let go of her love for the things of the world, disobedient to God’s clear command and was judged by God for it
2. Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot's wife.”
3. Genesis 19:26 “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
F. What comes to your mind when you hear the name David?