Leaving a Legacy

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

It has become the recent practice of U.S. Presidents to establish their own Presidential Library after leaving office.  President Obama has already announced that his library will be in Chicago for the purpose of carrying on “…the great unfinished project of renewal and global progress.”  The Obama Presidential Center will become the 14th Presidential Library, which begs the question, “How many more do we need and what purpose do they serve?”  Wall Street Journal’s Critic at Large,  Mr. Rothstein, wonders if many of these libraries are monuments to one’s ego rather than to an attempt to preserve historical truth./em>

Knowing our spiritual history and legacy is a vital part of being a follower of Jesus.  Acquainting ourselves with biblical history, church history, and Christian biographies reminds us of the rich heritage we have in Christ.  In Hebrews 12:1 we read, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  The examples of faith before us in the Old and New Testament are not to be idolized but imitated, in so far as they testify to the veracity of the Scriptures and the eternal rewards that belong to those who store up treasures in heaven.

Every so often we should ask ourselves, “What will others remember about me? Will I leave behind a spiritual legacy that will inspire others to follow Christ?”