May 22

No one stumbles into a legacy

One thing I have learned from reading biographies of presidents and other leaders is that those who obsess over their legacy usually don’t leave one worth much. Always worrying about what others think leads one to dare in nothing. However, it has also taught me that a legacy is the product of a great amount of thought, preparation and developing of others for leadership and responsibility.

We have now seen two separate accounts, retold multiple times, of God’s promise to David that He would build David a house, or a legacy.

These chapters may not be the most inspiring chapters in scripture, but they do show you the care with which David crafted the legacy God had promised to leave him. There is a lesson here: When God promises us something, it does not mean that we should sit back on wait on Him to drop it in our lap. To the contrary, we work towards the promise with all the strength and ability we can, trusting that God has given us those abilities and that He will accomplish all He has promised beyond any ability of ours.

David wisely plans every aspect of the Temple worship, the city’s defense, and Solomon, his son and successors, eventual rise and reign when he is gone. There is an additional lesson here: only weak and insecure leaders struggle to raise up other leaders who in many cases will replace or go beyond them to do greater things. David is able to do this because he is confident that his legacy is firmly in the hands of the Covenant God.

Parents, how are you thoughtfully building a legacy in your children? Leaders, how are you building a legacy in your workplace? Students, how will your classmates remember you? Christian, are you leaving a legacy of discipleship? Are you actively seeking to teach others to know and obey the Word of God? Whether in our home, school, place of work, or community, a legacy of discipleship is the legacy Christ has called us to work towards confidently knowing that He will build His church.