October 14, 2019
This past week at the homecoming game many FCS graduates came to see all of the festivities, enjoy wings at the alumni tailgating event, and witness a great victory by our Patriot football team. Many graduates were there remembering different things about their time at FCS. The first, and smallest FCS senior class was in 1969. Through 51 years FCS has graduated over 3,200 students. The Senior class of 1997 witnessed FCS’s first State Championship. Some senior classes are known for other things, like the class that painted their year on the entire football field, or the year the USS Arnold “floated up” overnight the last week of school, blocking the gate to the parking lot.
Each one of us is building an individual legacy in our own lives. For some, the legacy is all about their family’s growth and change. For others, it includes serving in their church, or in the community. A legacy is what you will leave behind when you are no longer in this world. By definition, a legacy is money or property bequeathed to another by will or something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past. All of us will pass on a legacy. The question is, what kind of legacy will we leave our children and those that come behind us? What kind of legacy will we leave those who remember us in the future?
As believers, each of us is also building a spiritual legacy. Our spiritual legacy is important because it will have the greatest effect on all those in our lives that we influence, and who we will leave behind someday. It is also important because if makes the difference as to whether or not our faith will be carried on to another generation, or if it will stop with us. A model for our spiritual legacy that we can learn from can be found in a most unusual biblical example. Luke 7:36-50 tells the story of a woman whose name we don’t even know. In this story a “sinful” woman came into the house where Jesus was eating and washed his feet with expensive perfume. When she did it the Pharisee who owned the house criticized Jesus for allowing her to do what she did. Jesus used the opportunity to teach his disciples about their spiritual legacy. The head of the house, Simon the Pharisee, criticized the way the woman chose to worship Jesus. She was crying, she poured perfume on his feet, she kissed his feet, and she wiped his feet with her hair. She had come with no basin, no water, and no towel. Nevertheless, as she began to kiss His feet, the tears began to flow, something most unusual for a woman of her profession. She used the water of her tears to wash His feet, something she could hardly have planned in advance. Since there was no towel available to her, she used her hair to dry Jesus’ feet. This woman’s worship of Jesus was at a great cost to her but the greatest price which she paid was facing the scorn and rejection of the self-righteous Pharisees and other dinner guests at that meal. She was worshiping Jesus because she had been forgiven from great sin. Jesus taught that our spiritual legacy should reflect that we have been forgiven of our sins and that we should want to worship Jesus, just like this woman.
In Luke 5:32 Jesus made it clear that ultimately His ministry on earth was to save sinners. Why did Jesus love sinners? Think of this, “Why do mothers love their children?” Mothers love their beautiful babies, but they also love a baby with a deformity. It has nothing to do with how the child looks or what the child does. Mary, the mother of Jesus, loved her son, but probably the mother of Judas, the traitor who turned Jesus over to his enemies, loved her son, too. So why do mothers love their children? God made mothers that way. Mothers love their children. That’s the way mothers are. We call it “motherly-love.” It’s an unnatural mother that does not love her own child. God’s love is something like motherly-love. God loves the people he made. That’s the way God is. In fact, God made us so that he could love us. In the beginning God made the world. At the end of his Creation he made the human race, by creating a man and a woman. The world, and everything in it, is a gift from God to the human race. He made you and me in our time because he wanted to love us, too.
So, if we want to leave a spiritual legacy with those we know now, and those we will meet in the future, we have to be willing to love sinners. If we really want to influence someone who doesn’t know Christ, we must show love to them even if they are unlovely. If we really love them and want to see them come to know Jesus, we will never reject them because of who they are, what they look like, or what they have done. So the question for us is, what kind of a spiritual legacy are we building?