“All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.” 2 Cor. 3:18 (GNT)
Legacies reflect who we are and what we’ve achieved. Some people are commemorated with things named after them. Others are written in history books with names and facts we have to remember for tests. However, for almost all of us, once we die, our names will be forgotten relatively quickly. This bothers a lot of people, because we want to be remembered. We wrongly associate remembrance with impact. If we don’t do something big and noteworthy, then we won’t have a legacy worth talking about.
Even believers can adopt this worldly concept. We want to be remembered like Jim Elliot, Billy Graham and even Mother Theresa. This is not a bad thing, because these people sacrificed a lot in order for others to encounter Christ. Dreaming big isn’t what gets us into trouble. That’s a good thing when we’re following after God, because He often puts big dreams in our hearts.. The problem comes when we have tunnel vision and focus all our attention on the “big” thing—saving the world—that it causes us to miss what’s right in front of us.
God has given each believer his or her own ministry, and it’s pretty simple in theory, just harder to live out when we let our selfishness get in the way. We are to die completely to our own desires and motivations, take up His glorious legacy and make it our own. When we clothe ourselves in His righteousness, then we reflect His glory to the world. This is to be our ministry every single day, and sometimes it may not seem like a very “big” thing to do.
Raising support is one of those mundane tasks that can make people want to bang their head against a brick wall. God has called us to do something big, yet we’re stuck doing something so trivial that feels like it’s getting in the way with saving the world. And heaven forbid, if we can’t raise enough, then we’ve failed! Often our eyes can get so fixated on the huge need that weighs on our hearts and stirred us to move in the first place that we miss seeing the impact we can make in the here and now.
So, where does the real legacy begin? It began with God loving us so much that He sent His only Son to die a grueling death, so we didn’t have to be eternally separated from Him. This is glorious! Every journey we take, whether whole communities are impacted through our service or one life is changed through seeing our daily actions, we are to live that legacy out. Even still our names will more than likely forgotten, but the impact of that legacy is eternal.
Be obedient and dream big, but don’t skip over the mundane stuff that seems pointless. There’s a reason for everything God takes us through. Be wise in reflecting God’s glory on the support-raising journey. He’s not panicked. He’s got the rest of the world in His hands. He just wants you to be faithful in the everyday ministry moments where He’s placed you to make the biggest impact.
- Whose legacy are you trying to live? Are you trying to make a name for yourself so you’ll be remembered, or are you faithfully living everyday reflecting the promise of God’s legacy?
- Think of some ways that you can reflect God’s glory to others during the support-raising journey, and try them in your next conversations.