“My times are in thy hand . . . ” – Psalm 31:15a KJV
This is a guest post by Brandon Holtzclaw
As the old year winds down, a common tendency for some of us is to reflect on the details of the past year. We remember the joy and we also remember the sorrows. We rejoice over the births brought into our lives, but we also mourn the deaths of loved ones.
As I’ve grown older I have also started thinking more about my own mortality. Not in a dark, depressing sense, but in a sense that someday I will no longer be here, but I will be in the presence of the Lord.
What a great expectation that is!
I love how the Heidelberg Catechism gives the Christian hope on the topic of both life and death.
Question #1 What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven, not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.
So Christian, take comfort in the fact that God is sovereign. He is sovereign over your life but He is also sovereign over your death.
With this in mind, I also began to think about my legacy.
At first, the idea of leaving a legacy seemed to be almost self-centered and arrogant. If I believe that God alone is worthy of all praise and glory, then who am I to be thinking about a legacy? But I think I was looking at the idea of a legacy wrong. Whether we want it or not each of us will leave a legacy.
Now most of us will never be rich and famous. We probably won’t have buildings or hospitals named after us. Most of us will not leave behind millions of dollars. Most won’t be the MVP or write a best-selling theological work. But, each of us, will leave a legacy.
My hope is that the legacy my family inherits from me will be one that always points to Christ. I hope my love always shows. I hope that they will remember that I am a great sinner that has an even greater Savior. I hope that they see a man that is quick to repent. A man that is quick to ask for forgiveness and a man that is quick to forgive.
I also hope that they remember as the Catechism states that for the Christian our only comfort in life and death is that we are not our own, but, belong body and soul, to our faithful savior Jesus Christ.
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being . . . ” – Acts 17:28a KJV