What’s Here When You’re Gone
Life and Legacy Week 4
Pastor Kris Freeman
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT)
Again, the kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.
- One invested and doubled his five
- One worked and doubled his two
- One hid the bag in a hole (his one)
- Man returned and asked his servants what they did (Stewardship)
The first two receive the same blessing and commendation:
Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together (v. 21 and 23).
The final servant was lazy, and was reprimanded and he lost his blessing.
The dictionary defines a legacy as “Something transmitted or received from an ancestor or predecessor, or delivered from the past into the future.”
1. Legacy is a chain - it has continuing links that connect to the next.
2. Legacy is a bridge - it crosses from one place to the next
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:6-7.
Paul was writing to Timothy, the young man who would follow him and continue his pastoral, missional and Gospel-centered legacy.
Legacy that ends was never a legacy at all.
What a legacy is not:
- Legacy is not a monument
- Legacy is not a memorial
- Legacy is not a closet
- Legacy is not a building
- Legacy is not a forgotten path
- Legacy is not a person
True legacy takes us from one place to the next.
“Looking to the future for vision, the past for wisdom and the present for people to stand in the middle…looking both directions, who understand why each way is important.”
A key to a Biblical legacy: set the right example.
Example helps us to: talk right, act right, love right, feel right, believe right, hold on to the right things. Paul says give attention to it.
You can’t move forward without looking back, but if you’re always looking back, you will never move forward.
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness…he is proud, knowing nothing…from such, withdraw yourself. - 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NLT)
Listen to the things - and the people - that point everything to Jesus.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we carry nothing out. - 1 Timothy 6:7
The legacy of our family, our church and our conduct should always point to Jesus.
Does your legacy:
- Construct Monuments?
- Cut Ties?
- Connect bridges