What will you leave behind?
This past week we farewelled a gentle and humble man of God in Keith Drinkall. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people—people whose lives had been touched in one way or another by this man’s warmth and example. He was a godly husband, father, grandfather, mentor, work colleague, teacher, leader, and friend. As I listened to the testimonies of his family and of others who knew him, I couldn’t help but be truly inspired by the way in which Keith lived his life for God.
We use the term ’legacy’ to describe that which is passed on from one person to another. Keith’s legacy is enormous! The amount of lives he touched, both directly and indirectly, will only ever be truly known in the light of eternity. As people gathered together after the service to talk I stood there looking at all of the conversations taking place, all of the stories that were being told, that recalled the many memories people had of Keith and the influence he had on them. What a book that would be if you could compile all of them.
One thing that kept coming to mind throughout that day was the thought that Keith would not have wanted any special accolades and attention – he would have just been content to praise God and give all the glory to Jesus. He would often say to me, “It’s not about you.” Our job is to point people to Jesus. He alone is the Saviour. He alone is the one who deserves the glory. We are not great, but we have a great God who desires to use us for His purposes and bless us at the same time. He doesn’t need us but He chooses to use us despite our weaknesses and failures – He is indeed a God of grace and mercy.
Over this past week I have been challenged again to consider what I might leave behind when it comes to a lasting legacy for the generations following me. How am I investing my life for God? What am I doing now that will reap eternal benefits for the Kingdom of God? What can I do to leave something worthwhile behind after I am gone? The most important thing is to keep looking to Jesus and be faithful in loving Him, being obedient to Him, trusting Him, and delighting in Him. He will take care of the rest. After all he says in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit.”
My prayer for me, and for you, is that when it comes to the end of our lives we might be able to say, along with the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
That is the kind of legacy I would like to leave behind. How about you?