Most of us all want to leave something great behind. We hope to leave an inheritance to our children. We desire for people to say great things about us at our funeral. But what does our legacy really say about us. It shows us what was really important in our lives. What we leave behind says something about us. I think the greater question for us all is to think about what do we really want to leave behind? If you are a follower of Jesus what he left behind should matter to us. Especially, if He is the one we are to be imitating (Ephesians 5:1).
Let’s first look at what Jesus didn’t leave. I think this will give us some serious things to think about.
Jesus didn’t leave….
- a wife and kids
- a house
- a business
- a portrait – by the way ours are pretty lame
- buildings or land
- a tomb to be found
He didn’t leave a lot behind. But, he did leave a few things. He left us with a mission to spread the gospel to the entire world and scriptures teach and train us what it means to live like Jesus and who love like Jesus did. What Jesus has left behind has altered the trajectory of time.
All the above will disappear one day: Presidents, countries, businesses, 401ks, pictures, clothes, colleges, Facebook, blogs, political parties, and the human race. These are things that will be gone one day but these are things we all hold dear and work our entire lives to achieve.
Yet the Scripture and the Church will last forever.
Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it – Matthew 16:18
Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. – Matthew 24:35
These things were central to Jesus and what he left behind. The questions becomes, are they your priorities? Are you investing in things that will last forever or things that will only last the length of your life?