Legacy Living

You make a living by what you get and leave a legacy by what you give!

Legacy living is seeing our time on earth as an opportunity to make a difference. We make a difference by loving and giving to others. 

When we love and give to others, we’re reaching for their heart; when they open it, an imprint happens that lasts forever. Legacy is generational because it leaves a mark on someone who does the same to others. This is why it’s possible to impact people long after our lifetime on earth has ended.

The question is, what legacy will you leave behind?

Will it be peace, love, compassion, generosity, kindness, honesty, integrity, and faith?

Or will it be turmoil, selfishness, greed, unkindness, lying, hurtfulness, and inconsistency?

The truth is, all of us will leave something behind. This is why we must live in a way that gives a legacy that impacts generations for the better.

Jesus modeled this, and his word instructed us on how we can have Legacy Living.

Notice these verses.

“Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.”

Proverbs 18:12

“Don’t look out only for your interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

Philippians 2:4

“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Proverbs 11:2

The theme of these verses is humility. This is where we make adjustments to stay connected heart to heart. Humility opens hearts, and pride closes them. Humility sees what is best for others, and pride sees only what’s best for themselves. Humility causes growth, and pride causes decline.

Humility is at the core of Legacy Living. It helps us show how much we care about others versus what we know they need to do. This is how we connect heart to heart and leave an imprint. 

Living this way empowers us to see the needs of others and then respond to them. This is also how we receive God’s grace. 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5.

You see, humility is being a leader through serving. This is Legacy Living!

It sees the big picture, lives for something beyond itself, and gives freely.

Serving Jesus allows us to leave a Legacy that impacts generations and eternity. Our part is to let him change us from the inside out and choose his ways over our own.

So, here are two ways to have Legacy Living.

First, look for ways to serve others.

Impact happens when we serve others versus when they serve us. Purpose and fulfillment happen when we serve others versus when they serve us.

There’s something about serving that is healthy, purposeful, and empowering for us to discover what God wants. 

This serves our spouse, family, extended family, friends, local church, workplace, co-workers, and community. It’s looking out and reaching for the people God has brought in our lives. 

When we only live for the person in the mirror, we shrink. When we live for people beyond the mirror, we grow.

This is how Jesus made it; we must embrace it to have a Legacy Living.

Of course, we must rest, have time for ourselves, and be refreshed. This is a healthy rhythm we need.

What I’m referencing is our posture in life by leading through serving. 

Who is serving today? 

Find someone, look for something, and begin to serve others. 

Second, look for ways to give to others.

Giving of our time, talents, and finances is a part of our faith in Jesus. This is an extension of our love, investment, and faith in God by sharing what he’s given to us. 

We should not underestimate what giving does through God. It opens doors, helps others, and makes a difference. Too often, we can talk ourselves out of giving by demeaning who we are or what we have to offer. This is a mistake, and it’s not from God.

Jesus can take what we give and use it for more than we can imagine. This is how the Kingdom of God works. 

Jesus did this in John when he multiplied a young boy’s lunch.

 “A young boy here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

John 6:9

Jesus multiplied this gift to feed over fifteen thousand people and have twelve baskets left over. This shows what happens when we look for ways to give to others. 

Jesus multiplies what we give to him and through him. Our time, talents, and finances go far beyond what we see, and it ripples beyond our reach and our lifetime.

I encourage you to be a giver. Please don’t let cynicism and skepticism rob you of the impact that comes through giving. Let God use you by what he gives through you!

What are you giving today? Are you giving today? 

Look for something to give and begin giving. Be a consistent giver in your local church. This is biblical, and God has blessings for you in it. 

This is Legacy Living.

You make a living by what you get and leave a legacy by what you give!

Choose Jesus! Choose legacy! 

Have a great week, and the best is yet to come,

PD

City Church, Bloomington, Indiana

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