For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing - 2 Timothy 4:6-8
One of my favorite movies that I enjoyed watched with my kids was Disney's The Lion King. This film, even though it was primarily targeted for children, had a number of great life lessons. One of my favorite scenes occured after Simba had disobeyed his father and was almost killed by the hyenas. Mufasa had sent Zazu and Nala away so that he could be alone with Simba. He then called Simba to come to his side. Simba started to walk toward his father when he noticed the large footprints of Mufasa and swallowed hard. Simba began thinking of how could he ever be able to follow in his father's footsteps. We all know how the movie ended (if not, please watch it) with Simba being able to follow the example of his father and become the leader that his family needed. I often think about what legacy, if any, am I leaving with my children. Will they look at my life and become the person that God called them to be. Will I, in some small way, have a positive impact on them?
The apostle Paul (the inspiration for the name of this website) had almost finished his work on earth and knew his death was near. Paul viewed his death as the pouring out of his life as an offering to God. He was instructing his protégé Timothy to live a life where he would be disciplined in keeping the faith and passing it on to others. In doing so, Paul states that one will receive the crown of righteousness that is available to all Christians.
My brothers, what will be your legacy to your children? When it be the amount of possessions that you have laid up for yourselves? Will it be the number of promotions that you received in your line of work? Or will it be that you taught them how to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength?" Will you teach them to "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well?" As difficult as it is for me to model this behavior on a consistent basis, I'm committed to fighting the good fight. Won't you join me in the fight as well?
PLEASE COMMENT BELOW ON HOW YOU WILL LEAVE A LEGACY FOR YOUR CHILDREN. I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.