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Legacies

08 February 2021
‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’

We collect so many things during our time here on earth: relationships, knowledge, experiences, belongings. Whatever stage of life we’re at, it’s important to think about what we’ll leave behind one day. As 1 Timothy 6:7 reminds us, ‘we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out’ (NIV). It becomes our responsibility to figure out how our earthly things can be passed on. Although it’s not always easy to follow through with it, leaving a legacy through our money and belongings is a fairly clear thing to do. Proverbs 13:22 reminds us that ‘good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren’ (NLT). Good stewardship means that we should share whatever we have generously with those that we love, and those who need it, rather than pouring it into useless or vain things. But what about the wisdom, knowledge, and experiences grown throughout our lives? There’s a great, godly tradition of making sure that those important truths get passed on from generation to generation. We can see it in 2 Timothy 2:2: ‘You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others’ (NLT). A part of progressing through life is beginning to share the things that we learn along the way. Let’s find a way to pass on the valuable things in our head, so that when the time comes we can confidently echo 2 Timothy 4:7: ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith’ (NIV).

What Now?

At the end of each day this week, note down the most important thing that you’ve learned throughout the day. Next Monday, find an opportunity to share at least one of those things with someone else.

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