Leaving a Legacy
Back several years ago, singer and songwriter, Nicole Nordeman sang a song entitled, “Legacy.” The lyrics of that song’s chorus go like this:
I want to leave a legacy,
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to you enough?
To make a mark on things
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace
Who blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy.
We’ve heard graduation speeches, coach “pep talks” and leadership gurus echo (just to name a few) the same encouragement about leaving a legacy or being remembered. But what did Jesus say? Did Jesus say anything to us about leaving a legacy? In answering this question, we should look no further than The Great Commission that is found in Matthew 28:19-20. This passage says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In this verse, Jesus stresses the imperative of “make disciples.” This is why he (Jesus) poured into the twelve disciples. He wanted to show them and us His plan for reaching the world. In looking at this plan, you must ask yourself the question…was salvation the only reason why Jesus came? Clearly, the answer is no. He modeled a life of discipleship and then commanded his disciples and every committed follower to reach the world through intentional reproducing disciple-making.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul writes, “…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” Paul understood this was Jesus’s plan for reaching the world. When Paul helped plant a church during his journeys, this foundation of discipleship was the most important part of seeing the kingdom grow.
Our legacy is to be one of discipleship. Nicole Nordeman’s song asks the question, “How will they remember me?” Jesus has already answered it and He has commanded it. He wants us to be remembered for making disciples.
May we be obedient and found faithful to His command until He comes!