By Jennifer McAlister
One of my favorite songs is Legacy by Nicole Nordeman. The chorus is a beautiful reminder to be intentional about living a life that matters now and for generations to come:
I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to you enough
To make a mark on things
I want to leave and offering
A child of mercy and grace
Who blessed Your Name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy
More than anything I want to be known as someone who blessed His Name unapologetically.
If I am to do this I have to be more concerned about pleasing God than I am in pleasing people. In the New Testament, Paul says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
Why? Because the praise of people is the idol that is worshiped over the approval of God.
In our social media world, this approval has never been more important. The scary thing for Christians, is that in our quest to be liked, we allow people to continue down a path of destruction that leads straight to hell. Why? Because we don’t want to come across as being judgmental. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best when he reminded us that for evil to succeed, all it needs is for good men to do nothing.
“Only God can judge,” is the popular phrase that we hear over and over. What it really means is that we must embrace and even celebrate any type of behavior, no matter how sinful it is, in order to appease man. As Christians, we need to understand that is not what Jesus meant when he said, “Do not judge.” The Bible never contradicts itself and in other portions of God’s word it encourages us to correct what is evil.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
Judging is wrong when we condemn the person instead of the action. It’s wrong when think we are better than them. It’s wrong when we enjoy finding fault in others, causing us to feel superior. Instead we need to hurt for them. We need to pray for them. We need to speak the truth in love to them. We need to warn them and tell them where their path will lead if they continue in their sin. Our motive should be to bring them back not bring them down. We must point them to the loving arms of Jesus while there is still time. The Bible reminds us that it is far better to be wounded by a friend than to be kissed by the enemy.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
What kind of legacy do you want to leave? The mission statement for my life is to take as many people to Heaven with me as I can. In order to do that I must lovingly warn others to repent and turn to Jesus. I depend on His boldness and strength to say hard things when it’s easier to just keep my mouth shut. I purpose in my heart to point others to Him as I bless His Name unapologetically.
What type of legacy do you want to leave? I pray you will be anointed with a bold, fearless, contagious faith that draws everyone in your sphere of influence to our mighty Savior. That, my friend, is a beautiful legacy.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:6