Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
In America we have many holidays that celebrate our nation and its legacy. We celebrate declaring freedom from Britain every July 4th, our warriors fallen in battle on Memorial Day, and those who have served in the Armed Forces on Veteran’s Day. We also celebrate the legacy of individuals who have led our country and made it better on Presidents’ Day (Washington’s Birthday) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In the United States, national legacy is very important and worth celebrating.
Even more important than our national legacy is our Christian legacy. This is a legacy that we will get to celebrate for eternity, and it is a legacy that we can build on every day. Hebrews Chapter 11, which is also known as the Faith Hall of Fame, lists out great men and women that have left behind a legacy of faith and Godliness for other generations to emulate. As we grow up, meet new people, and raise children, our actions can leave a legacy of faith for others to follow and emulate. The people who will trust in God and give their lives to Christ from their interactions with us, we will be able to celebrate with them every day in eternity.
For those of us who are parents, we need to be striving to instill Godly values in our children and disciple them. It says in Proverbs 22:6 that parents should, “start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
By following this verse, we are leaving behind an impactful Christian legacy that may cause amazing ripple effects for the kingdom of God that we will not be able to see until we reach Heaven. Even if you are not a parent, you can still leave an incredible legacy every day. The things that you say and do can cause massive change in people, and some of those people God helps you change, will go on to help change others.
It says in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Even if we cannot see the changes that our example is causing, it does not mean that is not happening. Imagine going to Heaven and meeting hundreds of people, who came to Christ simply because of you being a Godly example.
Pray today that you will strive to have Christ shine through in everything you say and do, and that you will impact others for Him.
Joshua Bixler is a Christian, husband, father, and a Sunday School teacher for 5th grade boys. He is a veteran of two combat deployments to Afghanistan, and loves military history. He and his wife enjoy creating tabletop RPG gaming products.