Leaving a Legacy
We all want to leave a lasting legacy which ultimately means something that is passed on. Jesus calls us as disciples to leave a legacy and to go into places and leave them better than we found them. This can be difficult to manage as we can pass down all sorts of things (possessions, reputation, values, faith, etc.) Just as Joseph trusted and obeyed God he was entrusted with entrusted with all that Potiphar owned (Genesis 39:2-4). Even while imprisoned the legacy of Joseph is being formed as his values and ethics were on display (Genesis 39:21-23). Our legacy is not limited to our own families, but can affect and influence so many different people—even save the lives that God would send (Genesis 41:41-43; Genesis 45:4-5). Who are those watching you as your legacy is formed? Even through the difficult, hurtful, and unfair circumstances Jesus calls us to flip the script and choose to instead leave a legacy of love, faithfulness, and forgiveness. May we answer the call to leave a legacy and plant good things for following generations.
2) How can you leave things better than you found it this week?
3) What are the things you are passing on to the next generation?