Legacy: People of Purpose
We are called to be people of purpose. Now, purpose is a loaded word that can seem intimidating when we don’t break it down in practical terms. It rings of destiny and drive and direction, and true purpose is walking in the fullness of God’s plans for you. When you walk in purpose, the impact you make has a ripple effect. Psalm 112:5-6 (NIV) says: “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.” Living our lives in generosity and good stewardship is a powerful thing, and it brings purpose into our daily living.
Every single one of us has thought about what we will leave behind when we leave this earth. Psalm 39:4-7 (NLT) tells us: “‘Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.’ We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Legacy is where your life lives on. What we do for ourselves usually dies with us. What we do for others lives beyond us – so serving others is something we need to make part of our daily living.
Living As People of Purpose
Being outward focused is a game-changer for us and everyone our lives touch. Understanding how to have a true Legacy outlook can help us walk in an others-focused mindset, so here are three vital characteristics of a purpose-filled individual:
- Legacy people have an eternal mindset. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT) says: “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” The goal isn’t to live on earth forever, but to leave something that does. Even if we live to be a healthy one hundred, our lives on this earth are temporary – but we can leave behind a legacy that lasts forever when we live a life of purpose. Eternity is our destination, and having that eternal mindset is transformative.
- Legacy people understand sacrifice. They choose to do less for themselves so they can do more for others. A Legacy-minded person puts others’ needs high on their list of priorities and knows that doing less for themselves and more for others has eternal value and a very real impact on the Kingdom. Sacrifice is giving something up for the sake of something else, so in practical terms, it may mean waiting to get a flashy new car so that you are in a position to give more to others. Don’t misunderstand; there is nothing wrong with having nice things, but giving up something for ourselves so that we can bless others is important – and it brings blessings upon the giver and the receiver.
- Legacy people make the most of every opportunity. It says in Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV): “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…” Legacy-minded people live with a sense of urgency. We cannot kick back and assume that other opportunities to make an impact will come up later, at a more convenient time. Now is the time to use the wisdom God has given you to help you take every opportunity that God leads you to; it can make a world of difference in the Kingdom.
We all desire to make an impact and leave a legacy that has eternal impact. By walking in purpose, we are able to accomplish the plans that God has for us and make a difference in the lives of others – and that Kingdom purpose is a treasure that the trouble in this world cannot take away. It is written in Luke 10:2 (NIV): “He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” God wants us to have a willing heart when it comes to gathering the harvest and living a life full of purpose. It can be easy to feel that you have no real sway in the world at large, but the fact is, you do. When all of us do a little, together we do a lot; the little things that you do are part of the big picture and it is absolutely important. Remember this, today and always: you have great purpose and you are invaluable in the Kingdom.