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Leaving a Godly Heritage

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In a recent editorial in BWA Connect, I referred to the text of the official notice that the University of Wittenberg issued on the passing of Martin Luther in 1546. The notice prompted a reflection on "Heaven's Ambassadors" and the virtue we may cultivate of loving and respecting them.

The official notice of Luther's passing suggests another comment. The following is part of the text of the announcement: "During the funeral solemnities, let the scholars reflect on the blessings granted to the Church through this teacher, and give thanks to God for them." This is certainly something we may wish to do as we call to mind the many women and men whose example of Christian discipleship has contributed significantly to our understanding of what it means to be a Christian.

Does not the notice also remind us of an important question each of us may need to ask ourselves from time to time? Through the work we do, to what extent are we serving as channels of God's blessings to both church and world? And what kind of legacy are we likely to leave behind?

Is it likely that, at our passing, others will have cause to offer thanks to God for the life we lived, the witness we gave to Jesus Christ, and the contribution we made to the enrichment of people's lives?

Or is it more likely that, without saying a word on the subject, a good number of persons will hail our departure as an exit that will make it considerably more likely for the world to be a better and safer place?

These questions may beneficially be considered by everyone, especially those who have committed their lives to the nurture and service of people who follow Jesus. It is the same with those who contribute to the spiritual and professional formation of women and men who desire to fulfill their vocation through the institutional church. How far do people regard our lives as a genuine source of blessing?

If as Christians we are motivated by the love of the Father, the example of Christ and the enabling of the Holy Spirit, and we commit our lives to truly loving God and serving our neighbors, we will write fresh and bright pages in our biographies. By God's grace, the genuineness of our commitment to Christ Jesus and the sincerity of our zeal for faithful discipleship will encourage others in their pilgrimage of faith.

When we die, may others find it appropriate to "reflect on the blessings granted to the Church" through us. May those who come after us find us faithful!

Neville George Callam, a Jamaican, has been serving as general secretary and chief executive officer of the Baptist World Alliance since his election in Accra, Ghana in 2007.


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    Okunoye Joshua Thursday, 02 August 2012

    Thank God for your life sir. This is truly inspiring.

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    Okunoye Joshua Thursday, 02 August 2012

    Thank God for your life sir. This is truly inspiring.

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    Judith Wanki Monday, 11 June 2012

    Christianity is a way of life. Let your life impact your environment positively.

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