Legacy and inheritance: these two subjects have been in the forefront of my mind.
I talked about this briefly in my blog, “A Story Worth Living.”
I asked the questions:
What kind of story do I want to live?
What story am I creating that someday will be worth telling to my children? to my grand children?
What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind?
Is the story I am making worth inviting people into?
“The father without a dream raises sons and daughters without a destiny.”
That quote resonated in my spirit. As I think about the life Jesus lived, He modeled for us what it means to leave an inheritance.
Jesus not only showed us what the Father looks like but He also showed us that He was all about the Father’s business.
That business was about the Kingdom of God. It’s a far superior reality than the one we are living in now.
The last three years of Jesus’ life was Him showing us what that looked like.
He showed us that this Kingdom is far greater than
any sin, sickness or diseases,
any evil spirits that are tormenting people,
the traditions of men,
our current situations and circumstances,
our world system because this Kingdom frees the captive.
He showed us that this Kingdom is about
heaven invading this earth so that the Kingdoms of this world can become the Kingdom of God,
changing the way we think in order to actually see it.
He showed us that this Kingdom is more about love than anything else.
Everywhere He went those that came to him were healed, and then He said when you lay hands on the sick they shall recover. Even blind eyes were opening, lame men started walking. When He drove out demons by the Spirit of God, it was a sign that the Kingdom of God had come upon people. Storms became peaceful at His command as well as sins of men.
He called out the religious zealots for keeping God in a box. He invited people to cast their weariness on Him, because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. On the Cross, the culmination of the Kingdom of God is about a sacrificial love.
And then He said,
“It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” John 12:32
Did you read that? Just think about that for a moment.
It’s the Father’s good pleasure to give US the Kingdom.
This death-defying, sickness-healing, demon-evicting, religious-mind-offending, storm-calming, mind-changing, life-transforming, sacrificial-loving, pulling-heaven-down-to-earth kind of Kingdom!
Oh, and on top of that Jesus said,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also;
and greater works than these he will do.”
(Minds should be blowing right about now.)
This is the legacy Jesus left us.
This is ours. This is our inheritance.
This is the platform He gave us as a starting point and we get to build upon it.
This is what it means to leave a legacy.
Legacy creates a platform for children to begin their lives on.
This is what fathers and mothers do.
Whether we know it now or not, at the end of our lives, we all have this fear in us that our life was wasted.
Each and every single one of us have this desire to leave something behind after we die.
We want to know that our life lived was worth something to someone else.
It’s because it’s in our DNA. Just as it was the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, it gives us good pleasure to know that our life lived mattered.
Having realized this, it changed my whole perspective on the way I live.
I want to live my life with legacy in mind. Knowing that my actions and my words have power to create worlds, change atmosphere and plant seeds, either for the good or bad.
The famous quote of Maximus from the movie Gladiator definitely rings true.
“What we do in life, echoes in eternity.”
What kind of platform am I creating for my children? My children’s children?
What dreams do I have that will propel the next generation into their destiny?
How can I live this life with legacy in mind?
As I look forward going to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, these are just some of the question in my mind that I want to get answered. I feel like the beginning stages of my molding process is done. I have gone through refinement, and now it’s time for me to re-discover the deeper parts of my dreams that He has placed in me. I want those I leave behind to take what I have done in this lifetime and run farther with it than I ever could. I want to create a life that will surpass not only my children’s life but their children’s children after that.
“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.” Prov. 13:22
I want to be like my Father. Just as He took pleasure in giving us His Kingdom, I want to give my children an inheritance.
I want to leave them a legacy worth living. I want the ceiling I’m walking under to become the floor they start their life with.