What Legacy Will We Leave?
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” –Stephen Covey
What do you make of genealogies? On the surface, a list of names and dates can look about as interesting to read as a telephone directory. But every now and then you run into an ancestor with a story—something more than just a dash between their dates.
There’s a long genealogy list in Genesis 5. It follows a repetitive pattern: “When so-and-so had lived x number of years he had a son named so-and-so; then he lived another x number of years and had other sons and daughters.” Next!
But then you get to a guy named Enoch, and the wording is very different. It reads: “After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Gen. 5:22-24).
At first glance it’s the last part that catches your eye—you wonder how Enoch was somehow transferred from life directly into heaven without dying. But it’s the first part which is more important to consider—a man who is noted for having walked closely with God for so many years, Enoch obviously enjoyed an intimacy with God that our souls crave.
What does it mean to walk with God? Enoch didn’t literally walk with God, so it’s meant figuratively—Enoch’s life was moving the same direction as God, keeping pace with Him, and agreeing with Him.
Enoch stood out because walking with God wasn’t the norm—he was part of a generation that was indifferent towards God. Sound familiar?
The writer of Hebrews recorded this epitaph of Enoch: “By faith Enoch was taken from this life so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken he was commended as one who pleased God” (Heb. 11:5).
How do you want to be remembered? As one who marked time, whose name appears in a list like everyone else’s? Or as one who is set apart by the distinction: “he pleased God with his life?” What legacy will we leave?
My prayer for this week— Lord: May I grow increasingly more in step, more in tune with Jesus. May it be evident to all I interact with: at home, in the workplace and in the community. May it be said of me as it was of Enoch: “He walks with God!”