THERE ARE LEGACIES, AND THEN, THERE ARE LEGACIES.
For Christians, a legacy goes far beyond merely “leaving something behind,” as for example an inheritance, a title, etc. For the Christian, it means primarily “bringing something with you” before the Lord: “Let them rest from their labors, for their good deeds follow them” (Revelation 14:13). So, a Christian legacy is at least as much about looking forward – both in this world and in the next – as it is about looking back: “Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven” (Matthew 6:20).
It’s also much more than making a name for oneself, or leaving one in this world. It’s about exalting the name of JESUS CHRIST: “By this they will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Love is proven in deeds of love (see I John 3:18), and one of the greatest acts of love for others is to bring them to Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, through the good that is done in and through his Church, as members of it.
Consider what your legacy will be, or better yet, consider what you will make your legacy to be. Including the work of your faith community in your weekly, monthly, or yearly budget, and making it a part of your estate planning will allow us to continue the Lord’s work in your name now and for years to come. That’s a legacy worth leaving behind – and bringing to God.