Since I turned fifty years of age, around eighteen months years ago, I find myself bombarded with specific targeted advertising, both through my online life and my letterbox.
It seems that the plans I have for my funeral and my ability to leave something behind for my loved ones is of great concern to those offering various ‘policies’ to assist me with this matter.
It would appear that my goal should be to leave a ‘legacy’, which in world terms will be valued by two-fold criteria; firstly my ability not to be a burden by burial and to have made suitable arrangements for a dispatch that will cause no inconvenience, particularly financial, to those who are professing love for me at that time.
Whilst I certainly appreciate the wisdom of this and my intentions are to meet this requirement, my greater focus is to ensure that I have run this race of my life to win the greatest prize of all. As the apostle Paul said;
Book of Philipians Chapter 3 Verse 14 ESV
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
This is the life assurance than I am interested in, the assurance of life eternal!
Secondly, my ‘legacy’ will be judged by the sum of money or the value of the ‘estate’ that I can leave behind me for others. Again, whilst leaving a sum behind for my nearest and dearest would be nice, my true aim is to stay intimately connected to the true vine so that it could be said of me;
Book of Psalms Chapter 92 Verse 14 ESV
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
For, if my faith is truly built upon rock and bears out, as I know in my heart that it will, what greater possible gift can I leave my loved ones than the fruit displaying the truth of Jesus Christ, our Messiah!