Have you ever thought about the legacy you are leaving? Have you thought how your actions today will speak tomorrow?
Building a legacy doesn’t happen in a day, it is the outcome of our daily living, so it is something we need to think about now.
God has this amazing plan for each of us “For I know the plans I have for you, ‘says the Lord.’ They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) But what if for that plan to be completed we have to do something bigger than us, something we may not want to because it is too hard and painful. What if God is asking us to behave in a way that makes no sense to society and to our view of fairness … What if God is asking us to love the way He loves us and that is the legacy He wants us to leave.
Should we love even those we feel don’t deserve it? “I am giving you a new commandment: love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34) This answers our doubt, so maybe the question is, how do we love someone whom we feel doesn’t deserve it.
We can look for hints in 1 Corinthians 13 but the words in this verse may leave us even more confused. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Do you see what I mean? How can we love this way? It seems impossible! But before we can digest this description of love, Paul finishes saying: “It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1Corinthians 13:11) Maybe all the excuses I was about to write and all the reasons I was going to give for not being able to love the way God wants us to love were childish thoughts. Maybe God is saying to us that it is time to grow up and begin a new level, one that requires for us to allow Him to love through us, no matter how hard it may seem.
But are we supposed to love, even if we have been wronged? Are we supposed to be patient and kind and always hopeful? It doesn’t seem fair does it? If we really think about it, was it fair when Jesus died for our sins? God loves us so much that “he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Did we deserve it? How patient has God been with us? How many times have we hurt Him by turning away from Him? And yet He never gives up on us and He is by our side in every circumstance.
Jesus was, is and will always be love. We can argue that He can love that way because He is God, but when Jesus came to earth He became a man, with the same feelings and weaknesses we have, so He could have not loved all those around Him, but He chose to, because that was His mission on earth. “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work” (John 4:34)
Everyone has been created in the image of God “God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) when we love someone, no matter what they have done, we are loving God. When we love the way God wants us to love, our actions speak of Him and we share His love. It is all about God; He shines and He is glorified. We leave a legacy that has eternal impact, a legacy of love.