Joshua 4: Leave Something behind
Joshua chapter 4 made me think about the importance of leaving a legacy. Obviously, it is important to help others and make a difference while we are actually engaged with people, but it is possible to have an even longer term impact.
Jos 4:6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
Jos 4:7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
Of course, these verses bring up something that I purposely did not mention in my opening paragraph. The legacy that we leave should point people directly to God.
It is nice to have people remember us as individuals positively, but it is ultimately more important that they remember that we followed God. Maybe they will remember that we were always kind to people who were not kind to us, or maybe they will remember that we had some type of peacefulness that no one could explain but was always there.
This is the type of legacy that we all should want to leave behind. We should want people to remember something through us that would point them to God.
As a slight digression, our legacy does not need to wait until we die. When we meet someone and perhaps will never see them again, what they remember about us is somewhat our legacy. I am using the term here to mean what people remember about us whether we are alive or not.
I would challenge all of us to think about what we are doing in our lives. When people think about each one of us, are we helping to point them towards Jesus, or are they really not noticing anything different? Even though it is often easier to fit in, I hope that we all stand out.