15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. (2 Peter 1:13-15, ESV)
Life is short. We are never guaranteed tomorrow. The Apostle Peter realized that his departure from his earthly dwelling was nearing its end. Although he knew his end was fast approaching, he wanted to prepare his friends for his departure by reminding them of the deep truths of God’s Word. Peter lived passionately and purposefully for the future of the church of Jesus Christ. He knew what he believed and he knew he was heading to eternal glory, and yet, he made every effort so that the church would be able to recall his teachings.
Peter lived for eternity by pouring his life into those who would come after him. He wanted to be sure that they would be ready to live for the world when he departed to glory. I am challenged with Peter’s example. His heart was set on heaven, but he lived for the God’s glory by passing on his wisdom to the generation behind him. Recently, I have seen a theme of stories reflecting on how God has used mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, to pass on their knowledge and wisdom to following generation. It is a great testimony to your loved ones that their teaching lives on through you. Imagine sixty years from today, your children and grandchildren reciting deep truths learned from their grandmothers and grandfathers.
In the twilight of Peter life, he lived for God’s glory making every effort to ensure the future generation would know, believe, and live out God’s Word. Beloved, are we living for eternity by pouring out our lives into those who would come after us? What do you want your legacy to be? Mark Dever writes, “God buries the worker, but the work goes on.” God may bury you and me, but our lives will continue to bear fruit in the lives of those who follow us. Let us follow the Apostle Peter’s example by leaving a legacy of wisdom and love in the lives of those who will follow us.