Summary: The Responsibility of the Church is to carry and proclaim the legacy of Jesus Christ.
I SEE Legacy
Grant van Boeschoten
October 12, 2008
Main Thoughts: Legacy provides life for future generations, What Legacy has God called you to live for?
When I was preparing for this message I was under a false assumption of what the word Legacy actually meant. I thought that legacy is what a person is to be remembered for.
The actual definition is a gift that is left to the next generation, in most cases by way of a last testament and will.
Legacy is not about remembering the person who gave the gift as much as it is about blessing the person who receives the gifts.
Legacy provides life for future generations
There is nowhere in the definition of the word legacy though that states you must leave a positive or a good legacy.
For example, sometimes people die and the legacy that they leave is a large amount of debts and bills for their family to pay. That is negative.
Here is how you can tell the difference between a good legacy, and a bad legacy…
A good legacy honors God, and makes a lasting difference, or change in the world.
A bad legacy selfishly takes the attention from God, and puts it on the giver. It leaves the world a lesser place.
There is a negative example of legacy that we find in Genesis 11.
1 At one time the whole world spoke a single language and used the same words. 2 As the people migrated eastward, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there. 3 They began to talk about construction projects. "Come," they said, "let’s make great piles of burnt brick and collect natural asphalt to use as mortar. 4 Let’s build a great city with a tower that reaches to the skies—a monument to our greatness! This will bring us together and keep us from scattering all over the world."
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 "Look!" he said. "If they can accomplish this when they have just begun to take advantage of their common language and political unity, just think of what they will do later. Nothing will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and give them different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other."
8 In that way, the LORD scattered them all over the earth; and that ended the building of the city. 9 That is why the city was called Babel, because it was there that the LORD confused the people by giving them many languages, thus scattering them across the earth.
Gen 11:1-9 (NLT)
The people were building a monument to their own greatness. They were building a lasting symbol of the greatness of God’s creation, when they should have been focus on honoring God, who is the creator.
They were building a negative legacy. It was going to change the way that people saw the world. It was going to be for them, and then for the future generations.
And when people looked at the great tower, and compared it to the flood that had covered the earth, they would begin to rely on their own strength, instead of relying on God.
I wonder if any of us have some towers built in our lives right now. Towers that point others towards our greatness, and away from God?