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Being a Neighbor by Leaving a Legacy

Posted by undergroundchurch on May 23, 2009


I once heard that the greatest hindrance to knowing your neighbor is the electric garage door opener.  Think about it… you can get in your car, leave your house, and return to your house without ever stepping outside.  You don’t have to ever see your neighbors.

The Biblegateway scripture today is

“Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”- Romans 15:2

It’s one thing to be a good neighbor – like the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).  Remember him, he was the last person you’d think would be there to help an injured Jew on the side of the road.  Even the coldest heart can feel the pain of others when that person is in great pain.

It is quite another thing, however, to go out of your way to please someone with no strings attached.  That is what Paul is suggesting in this passage.  Jesus taught us that everyone is you neighbor and that you should reach out to your neighbor in their time of need.  Paul takes that and builds on it.

We are expected not to just help them out, but to please them.  The pleasure you are to bring is not measured in their happiness level, though that may be a side effect.  It is measured in how they benefit from it.  Does it build them up? Does it grow them closer to God? Does it have an eternal, physical or spiritual benefit? 

When you invest in people, you invest in the only thing you get to take with you after you die.  People are the only thing that matters. There is a word for that which you leave in people – your legacy.

A legacy is the imprint of your life on the lives of others.  It is how you make your mark, and what you leave behind when you die.  It is your influence, your blessing, your song and your calling. 

The song below sung by Nichole Nordeman reflects this message of leaving a legacy.  I hope you enjoy it, and I encourage you to be a legacy leaver.

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2 Responses to “Being a Neighbor by Leaving a Legacy”

  1. timbob said

    Good evening. This morning our pastor preached a message on remembering the workings of the Lord in our past. A portion of it dealt with leaving a legacy or “imprint” on the lives of others. As you mention “when you invest in people, you invest in the only thing you get to take with you aqfter you die.” Amen!

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

    • undergroundchurch said

      We leave our footprints and fingerprints everywhere we go.

      God left his fingerprint on every man – “created in the image of God”

      God left the legacy of Jesus – “the church is the body of Christ”

      God left the legacy of family – “we are called sons/daughters of God”

      God left the legacy of life – “Jesus came that we might have life and that abundantly”

      God started the whole legacy thing, and in the spirit of God, we need to continue that practice.

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