Charles Thomas (CT) Studd, was born into a wealthy English family in the latter part of the 19th century, educated at Cambridge and celebrated as one of that nation’s best cricket players, upon coming to Christ left it all behind to become a missionary first to China and later to India and Africa. When his father died, CT gave his entire earthly inheritance away and is quoted as saying. “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
William James wrote, “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
The theme of legacy is interwoven throughout the Bible. The patriarchs were very conscious of the legacy that they would leave behind and sought to pass on the gift of God’s promises to their succeeding generations. Both Isaac and Jacob gathered their offspring to their side and prayed God’s blessing upon them, gave prophetic predictions and granted them their respective inheritances.
Jesus entire life and ministry was focused on leaving the greatest legacy ever offered, the gift of forgiveness of sin and eternal life. During the last supper, when He gathered His disciples for what is unquestionably the most poignant and powerful gifting of legacy every recorded.
Since legacy is meant to be something of enduring value, a spiritual legacy, which has the potential to be a blessing for all eternity, is, of course, the most valuable legacy anyone can leave behind.
So what is our legacy, both as individuals and as a Church family? Throughout January we’ll begin 2019 considering the answers to these questions.