What is Our Legacy?

​The word, legacy, is a very important word.  It refers to “something (such as property or money) that is received from someone who has died.” In this sense, legacy is synonymous with the word inheritance. From this definition we tend to think from a natural perspective. However, Jesus died and left us not only an inheritance, but also a legacy.  This word may also refer to “something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past.”  It also can involve “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor (one who has gone on before us) or from the past.”  Any of these definitions could be considered from a spiritual perspective and would challenge every one of us to ponder on what we have received from the past as part of our heritage.
 
If one were to seriously meditate on this idea of legacy, he or she would have to consider who has really influenced their lives and evaluate the difference it has made. Many of us have been blessed because we had grandparents and parents who spoke into our lives, took us to church, and emphasized the need for salvation—a personal relationship with Jesus!  Many of us were fortunate enough to be surrounded by family and extended family that served as examples and role models for us to follow.  Whether we realize it or not, having examples and role models is the first step in modeling and shaping lifestyles, beliefs, and vision for the next generation. Think seriously about the lack of examples and role models that many of the youth today lack. The results are devastating.  We are witnessing a detour from the paths our forefathers took simply because we have failed to transmit the values and truths of the past that mattered if children were to grow up understanding the values of self-worth and having an appreciation for family.
 
Proverbs 22:28 and 23:10 both remind us “not to remove the ancient boundaries set up by our forefathers.”  Our Heavenly Father always meant for mankind to have a legacy. He commanded parents to ensure that their children understood His Word and His promises concerning them. The Father’s will was that each generation would share the truths of the Word with the next generation. In the book of Judges there are a few times when authentic leadership was absent in Israel—no example or role models—to follow. It was during these seasons that no one in that current generation knew the Lord or the miraculous things He had done for their fathers and mothers; the result being that everyone did what was right in their own eyes. In addition, legacy was lost and the children drifted away from God and from His will because the relationships that their parents had was lost and the promises of the Father were forgotten.  This almost seems like the age in which we are living today.  It appears that this current generation has drifted from the Father and seeks to do whatever is right in their own eyes.
 
I must remind you that we, the church, recognize and appreciate our legacy.  God sent His Son into the world to die for our sins and to reconcile mankind back to Himself.  We know that the Word of God is true and His promises are sure. It is our great privilege to share this revelation with those who are lost, blinded, and deceived by the ruler of this world. We have the Good News and the Father’s will has not changed.  We are called to make disciples of all nations and that begins at home.  As we begin this New Year may we be so encouraged and inspired that we cannot wait to share our legacy with others that they might also know that they have an inheritance as well.

​In His Service,

Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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