Loss & Legacy

Loss & Legacy

The past few days have been full of loss that has been felt around the world.

First, we lost Christian television pioneer, Dr. Paul Crouch, co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Saturday, November 30th, at the age of 79.

The same day, we later lost another Paul--Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast & Furious movies. He was only 40 years old.

And most recently, we found out that the great fighter of injustice, Nelson Mandela, has passed away at the ripe old age of 95.

You are likely directly or indirectly familiar with all three of these men, each phenomenal in his own way. There is a void, a great loss in the world that each of these men filled. They can never be replaced. And yet with their loss comes an undeniable legacy. And with that legacy, the opportunity to inherit and go on to do equally as great and even greater things than these men did.

Jesus said this:

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
— John 12:24

It regarded His own death, yet it is a truth that is applicable to all of us.

He also promised this:

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
— John 14:12

This is another spiritual truth that can be applied to more than just Christ. Christ was a pioneer; He made the way for the apostles, the earliest government of the Church. The apostles too were pioneers. The very nature of being an apostle is to be a pioneer, to be the first in blazing a path and making the way for others to follow. Yet pioneering is not just for ministers (or farmers).

There are pioneers of all sorts and these dearly departed men attest to that. So now I ask you:

In what arena will YOU become a pioneer?

Dr. Crouch made waves in the world of [Christian] television, but we need a present change.

Nelson Mandela has recently been commemorated in two films, Mandela: A Long Walk Home and Winnie Mandela, for his fight against the injustice known as Apartheid in South Africa.

And I think we all know that there is plenty of room for good and godly pioneers in Hollywood.

These men have left us their legacy. What will you choose to do with it?

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