My Grandfather, Adam Fischer, died in 1941. He was an old man, age 67! Moved off the scene younger than I am now! He was a painter who managed a large crew of men who painted commercial buildings in New York City. He had a home in Jersey City, New Jersey, along with a rental home next door, both of which are still private residences today. Also, he had a summer cottage out in the country on a lake. His family would leave the city the day after school let out and not return until the day before school started in early September. My father used to say that he didn’t know there was a depression going on!
But what is left of Adam Fischer after all these years? What of his legacy? I may have in my possession the only item left that he owned, a straight-edge razor. It’s in a small, leather case. The razor is still blood-letting sharp. Adam Fischer, like the rest of us, has become a name with a few dates on a line of a genealogical chart along with but a couple photos.
One, two, three generations hence and we’re mainly forgotten. Who was your great, great grandmother? You might know, but most of us don’t. At most, a name. In 1 Chronicles 28: 8- 9, it mentions a legacy we can leave our children and grandchildren. A legacy of the Lord. What would we want to pass along anyway?
King David says ‘now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever'(1 Chronicles 28:8).
You may not have children. Others, who are close to you, will be directly affected by your godly life. Friend’s children, nieces and nephews, your Sunday School class. Sometimes we have more influence on those who are not direct blood family! Decide to follow Jesus. Get serious about your relationship with Him. Verse 9 tells of how serious David wants his son Solomon to be for the Lord–‘And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing mind…If you seek Him, He will be found by you…’
You know, as well as I do, that you can’t take anything to heaven. Nothing of this earth, except fellow believers in Jesus Christ. We can take others if we’d but share the treasure we’ve found in Him. Get serious…and start sharing. A legacy of the Lord…better than a straight-edge razor for its based on promises from the Bible, God’s double-edged sword! That’s a legacy worth leaving!
Prayer: Lord, help us to take all the opportunities you bring our way for sharing you with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.