“He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.” - Psalm 111:4-8
What do you want your legacy to be? In other words, what things are you doing and saying now that you want to be remembered for after you’re gone? How do you want people to talk about you? What qualities or accomplishments do you hope they’ll emphasize? Specifically, from a spiritual perspective, what do you want to pass on and be remembered for? Take a moment to consider these questions before moving to the next paragraph.
Now I want you to consider how many people have influenced your life without you knowing who they were. It’s common to remember saints or other famous Christians who made a worldwide impact. But what about the unknown woman who gives a Bible to her unbelieving husband who proceeds to read Scripture and find Christ? The legacy she leaves behind is one that cannot be measured, extending to her children and grandchildren and countless people that encounter her descendants. Her name is forgotten, her life a mere shadow in the eyes of history, but the Gospel of Jesus continues, and that is her legacy.
Today our psalmist reminds us that everything God does in this world is remembered forever. His grace and mercy will never be forgotten, and his generosity is known by all generations of those who love and follow him. What he does shows how faithful and just he is, and his precepts (commandments) are trustworthy. Even after we all die and the world passes away, God’s works are forever remembered because he is forever, and we are the fruit of his works living eternally with him.
There are so many things we can and need to do in the world, but the only works of ours that will be remembered forever are those that preach Christ and his gift of salvation. A love for Jesus is the greatest legacy any of us could ever have and the only one that will continue forever.
Whether you find yourself with 100 followers on social media or 100,000 followers, I encourage you to remember that your legacy is not your own. Regardless of whether anyone remembers your name, your legacy will only be forever if it’s completely encompassed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How can you make the Gospel central to your legacy as you remember that the souls of the people around you are bound for forever, even if it’s not forever with God?