Inheritance is easy. A pile of money or a pot of gold can be amassed by scrimping and saving. A nest egg passed along to the next generation.
But a true legacy involves those deeper parts of you in which character has been painfully forged through the fires of raw suffering and real living.
This legacy is your personal treasure–the stuff that spans generations and shapes posterity. The essential core of who you are.
It is what you leave behind that you can truly call “mine”.
Sharing a last supper in an upper room, Jesus left His legacy to His closest friends. He invested the riches of what made Him who He was. A permanent legacy of the things that mattered.
During this final intimate talk with His followers, He tagged each part of the gift He was leaving. “My.”
- My name–my identity born from authentic relationship.
- My peace–my confidence built on unshakeable hope.
- My joy–my mindset birthed from clear vision.
- My love–my affection bursting from deep compassion.
- My glory–my influence built on divine priorities.
“I’m placing the deepest part of who I am in the deepest part of who you are.” Core beliefs. Root principles. Fundamental values.
But so much more. He was imparting His truest person. His real self.
He was saying, “my legacy is simply this: what is in me is now in you.” That Spirit which cared about cripples and carried a cross; drove out demons and dispensed mercy; embraced lepers and forgave wretches.
That Spirit is His legacy left as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.
His legacy is what makes earth more heavenly and heaven more earthly. He is in us and among us…”a foretaste of glory divine”.
Jesus spoke His last will and testament to His disciples and promised to leave them one thing: Himself.
This was not a windfall left to fickle children who would squander it for the joy of the moment, but a sacred trust left to faithful comrades who would spend it for the sake of forever.