Mirrors and Legacy

Read: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18    

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the 50th anniversary of the church that I grew up in.  As we gathered together at Carlsbad Mennonite Church in Carlsbad, New Mexico from many places across the U.S. and Canada I was reminded of how important examples and legacies are.  Stories and memories were shared this past weekend, friendships were reunited, and I found myself very thankful for those who God used to influence me in those early years.

In 1 Corinthians 3:18 Paul says, “We Christians … can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.” (TLB)  One definition of the word Legacy is “Something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor from the past.”  As we live our lives we need to be ever so thoughtful about the legacy and the imprint that we are leaving for the next generation.  

As I look into the mirror of my past I am thankful for the examples that I witnessed.  Many men and women showed me how to live for Jesus, have faith in Jesus, and abide in Jesus.  They encouraged me, taught me, and treated me like a child of God.  They had fun with me, laughed with me, and spent time with me.  They truly desired  to live lives that mirrored the words of the Bible and life of Jesus Christ.  Some of them are still living and others have gone on to their eternal home in heaven.

As I spoke at Carlsbad Mennonite this past Sunday I focused on the three words that have been at the front of that sanctuary for years and years.  Three words that have guided that church and those people.  Three words that are key if want to build God’s kingdom and experience living hope, salvation, grace, forgiveness, and new life.  Three words that should encourage us to engage with unbelievers and invite them into God’s family to find hope and restoration in life.  What are those three words?  JESUS IS LORD!

In a world that is filled with hatred, violence, terrorism, wars, broken relationships, and heartache, Jesus is the one that can truly save us from those things.  In the midst of all that our nation has been going through in recent days I keep thinking to myself, “If only people would turn to Jesus and allow him to bring change and transformation to their lives.”  We need to be the example and share the example of Christ with the world.  We need to mirror Jesus and leave a legacy of faith.

Yes, I am thankful for all of those people that have made an impact on my life, both then and now.  It encourages me to think about the impact and the legacy that I can leave for those who will follow.  It encourages me to think about how my life can mirror the life of Christ and reflect his life to others.  It encourages me to think about the decisions I make and the life that I lead.  It encourages me to give thanks to God for the blessings of other people in my life.  I hope it can do the same for you!

Make it Personal:  Take some time this week to think about those who have influenced you in the past.  Parents, family, church family, friends, co-workers.  Think about the good qualities you see in others and think about the legacy that you are leaving.  No matter what your past or current situation looks like it is never too late to start leaving the kind of legacy that you and the Lord would desire.  Jesus is the Lord of change, restoration, and salvation.  Start today and mirror the life of Christ in order to leave a lasting legacy of faith.

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church