“It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.” – Hebrews 11:4
Every single one of us is going to leave a legacy whether we realize it or not. Hebrews 11:4 says, “It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.” That’s talking about legacy.
The Bible says even when we’re dead, our lives will still speak. Consider this question today: When I’m dead, what will my life say? What will I leave behind?
Most people start thinking about their legacy far too late. And that is understandable. Life is crazy. When you are a teenager, you’re not thinking about legacy. You’re thinking about grades and dating and popularity and fun. The same is true in college, and then you get married and start having kids, and life gets crazy!
Most people don’t think about legacy when they’re young adults working 60 hours a week, trying to pay their mortgage. At that point, you are just trying to survive. And it’s not like life slows down after that. After working hard and building a life for so many years, there’ll be a day when you wake up and realize you’re a real-life grown-up and now you’re in that season of “adulting.”
So it begs the question, when are you going to start thinking about it? Your legacy? Like it or not, you’ll leave one. What will people say about you? What will you be remembered for? Did you live out God’s purpose for your life? Or did you chase your own desires? No matter how old you are or what stage of life you are in, it is never too early to consider what will your legacy be.