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Leaving a legacy
Pastor Jon Enter
by Pastor Jon Enter
December 18, 2023

Life is temporary. Life is short. What are you living for? Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” What legacy will you leave?

Jacob’s son Joseph knew the legacy he’d have. God revealed it in a dream when he was just 17. His dad, mom, and brothers would bow down to his power. If you know Joseph’s story, it took a long, long time through lots and lots of pain before that happened. Joseph became the world’s second-most-powerful person and saved countless lives from a region-wide drought. 

But that’s not what God commended in the life of Joseph. It wasn’t his determination despite adversity or his integrity or humility. It wasn’t even his incredible forgiveness of his brothers who sold him into slavery. “By faith Joseph, when his end was near … gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones” (Hebrews 11:22). Joseph left a legacy of his faith in his funeral plans. 

Families who plan their loved one’s funeral can’t. They’re emotional messes. Leave a legacy of faith. Grab your Bible. Inside the front cover, write “MY FUNERAL PLANS” and list what passages give you comfort and your favorite hymns. There is deep peace when you know the hymn or the Scripture was picked by your loved one who is now enjoying heaven with Jesus. Leave that legacy. Plan your funeral, and point your loved ones to Christ!