From the very rich to the poorest of the poor, no one is able to deny how brief life is and it seems that the older we become, the faster it goes. So, what type of legacy will you leave behind? What will people think about you? Will we be able to make a difference to anyone?
There are many who are concerned about wealth, real estate, stocks, bonds and their overall securities. But, Jesus responded to these thoughts and asked, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matthew 16:26)? Sometimes, when people pass from the world, some families gather around to discuss what belongs to whom while others gather together to sum up the life of the one who is no longer among the physical life.
When considering what we will leave behind, our legacy, there are things that we may want to consider. For example, we may want to leave a good name. Solomon said, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1a). A name that is built upon values, ethics, morals, and the principles of right and wrong are wonderful things to entrust to our family, friends and others. A good name should symbolize honesty, integrity and devotion. Some that I would consider having a good name are the “walking Bibles.” These individuals have been commonly called this because of their dedication to the Word of God memorizing much of the Old and New Testaments.
Of course, the one who has the greatest of all names, the true walking Bible, is Jesus Christ. Beginning in Genesis 3:15, he is prophesied to come to earth and almost 2,000 years a]er his death, his name continues to be heavily discussed. Jesus truly has a good name above all other names because of the actions that were behind his name. Let us all strive to have the legacy of a good name.