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Leaving behind a legacy - by Lusanda Dhlamini

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

My grandmother was an amazing woman. She was very intentional. Especially in her endeavor for suceeding generations to know and follow Jesus. She was born-again in the early eighties. Although her seven children had left home by then, she didn’t stop telling the family about Jesus. She was intentional in visiting her children and Grand-children, ministering at family gatherings like Christmas and funerals, always inviting her grandchildren to spend holidays with her so that she would have undisturbed time and oppurtunity to minister to them, myself included.

She prayed and fasted, cried out to God for the salvation of her generation, her children’s generation and my generation. She knew that by worldy standards, she wouldn’t be able to leave her children or grandchildren any measurable, tangible wealth, she did however make sure to leave us with the treasure that no one can take from us; Jesus! In me one of her prayers was answered as I endeavor to extend Jesus’ Lordship and rule from generation to generation! All of my Grandmother's children and grand-children have given their lives to Jesus, some still needing to walk fully in their faith; but the seed is there. Our family knows without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is alive.

Jesus left behind an undeniable legacy with His resurrection and ascension. Ideally as a follower of Jesus I should too. This has led me to ask myself some honest, pertinent questions. Perhaps growing older has confronted me with them.

The question I most often ask myself is, ‘How am I building?’ In this life, am I making an impact, and being intentional in building generationally? Am I doing this in my family with my daughters? In the local church that I’m entrusted by God to lead? Am I building into my society and community?

In the world, leaving a legacy is commonly thought of as making sure your family is left with a sizeable inheritance of wealth. I am not implying that this is wrong! It is my desire to do so for my daughters. However I have an understanding and conviction that the everlasting wealth and or treasure is Jesus Himself – Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

As Easter approaches, I am reminded of the TREASURE and WEALTH Jesus is to us. He gave up all His riches and glory in heaven and obediently came to earth so that we may be reconciled with the Father. What Jesus has done allows us to be co-heir’ of the glorious riches of Heaven. We have an undeserved inheritance that is freely given to us!

One of His promises to us is that we will do greater works than He did here on earth.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son”. John 14:12 – 13

This scripture reminds and encourages me that I too can leave a legacy not just in and for my family but in and for the Kingdom of God. There is nothing that can stop me! Jesus modelled the value of building and of raising up people to impact their own and future genartaions until His return. He discipled twelve men who in turn had an impact on the world! We are the benefactors of this! Jesus’ mandate is for us to go to the ends of the earth and preach the Gospel. (Matthew 28:19). It is in doing this that the truth, knowledge and revelation of God will be passed down from generation to generation.

It is our responsability to make sure the legacy continues.

Are you asking yourselves certain questions too? Are you looking for answers to your questions? Look no further, the Bible is one Book that has all answers you need. Whether you desire to leave a legacy for your kids! Or want to make sure you build generational wealth! Take your questions and desires to God through prayer, without ceasing, and He will answer you.

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