There is a vast difference between a legacy and an inheritance. An inheritance is a collection of “things” that are passed on from one generation to another. It is usually considered to be wealth or the things that can be bought with money or negotiated by “deals” between individuals or sometimes items that are “traded.”
A “legacy” is much different. It is composed of the opinions and observations of others who watch us as we make our way through life. It is a result of what we do, the things we say, and how well we serve or do not serve others and our attitudes about the material things and temporal things in life. Unfortunately, for most, it is more important to leave an inheritance for others than a legacy that inspires and challenges others. Most want to be remembered for the balance sheet of life than the good they do for God and others.
“For riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations,” wrote the wisest and one of the wealthiest men of history. His net worth exceeded one hundred-sixty billion dollars. Obviously, he knew how to “make a dollar” but was wise enough to know that it was impossible to keep.
Now, as we look at his-story we see what he “left behind” that has meaning and enduring value was not his wealth, but his legacy. Year after year and century after century people look to his writings for God’s wisdom and guidance, God’s insights and promises, God’s values and the blessings that come from honoring Him.
Prayer: Lord, grant us Your insight, wisdom and courage to leave a legacy of service to others as You did. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 27:24 for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.