A reflection on the reading Matthew 9:18-26:
A Dead Girl Raised from the Dead and a Sick Woman Healed

As I was reading this gospel passage, I couldn’t help be reminded of my own mortality – and I began to reflect on the kind of legacy that I would leave for future generations. Not the kind of legacy (e.g. money, property) that we typically leave to our family, friends, etc.., but the spiritual legacy that comes from being one of God’s witnesses in the world.

Now I’ve never been a great one for wanting my name up in lights, but the reality is that whatever I do has an impact on others, and any influence I have may well continue beyond my lifetime. So I need to make sure (as much as I can, and with God’s help) that my legacy is worthwhile, uplifting, and points others to Jesus.

But to do that, I need to be alert to the dangers – and doing what I think best is perhaps the biggest trap of all. Indeed the man-made traditions so lovingly upheld by the Pharisees and Sadducees began with the principle of applying God’s laws to everyday life – all well and good. But they were so rigidly applied that they lost God in the process. As a consequence, I need to make sure that everything I do is God-centred, and not me-centred. Indeed there may be things that I like, and ways that I like things done, but I need to make sure that God, and God’s ways are at the focal point of everything I do.

This means that leaving a meaningful legacy is not just something that will happen when I die, but it is something that I need to nurture now. And that is a sobering thought as I reflect on my own mortality.

 

Posted: 7th November 2015
© 2015, Brian A Curtis
www.21stcenturybible.com.au

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