In working out our callings, we are to perform for one audience, the audience of One.

-Os Guinness

 

Many of us personaly know several fine-upstanding and well-respected individuals and preachers—some of them have touched our lives beyond mention. 

While I am aware that God has diametrically different plans for us than our becoming a bunch of rowdy-trouble-making-hoodlums—some times I get the feeling that we stop short in what we define as who we should be, or to put it another way—what kind of a legacy we should be building as Jesus-followers.  It seems to me that a size-able portion of us are much too concerned with leaving the sort of legacy in which we will be honored.  I am still waiting to meet someone who says I want every one to re-count at my funeral what a mean person I was.  Some of us will be remembered a hundred years from now I suppose and others of us who served God just as sincerely may be all but forgoten by every living human on earth within that same time span. 

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of ‘the brightest and the best’ among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, ‘If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.’   (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, The Message Bible)

What I fear is that we have become much too obsessed with the impression we will leave on others while we remain too little concerned with the legacy God wishes to let us participate in leaving.  Maybe, I need to speak for myself—but I have recently had to ask myself some tough questions.

The way I figure it—the only legacy worth leaving is a legacy of grace.

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