‘As a man thinketh, so is he’ has become one of the most celebrated aphorisms derived from the bible (Proverbs 23:7). Simply put, you are the sum total of your thoughts. The greatest and most sophisticated software ever created cannot surpass human brains. One of the most important things in life which deserves careful thought is about legacy and heritage issues. What separates legacy and heritage thinkers with the rest is that they focus on long term goals rather than short term ones. Proverbs 13:22 says, ‘A good man/woman leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children’. Short term thinkers think a BOWL OF SOUP like Isau who traded his birthright in exchange for a bowl of soup to satisfy temporary gratifications. Samson with all the anointing upon him and the long term mission to free the Israelites from the Philistine menace, reflected short term thinking by flirting with Delilah and lying on her lap. Long term thinkers think legacy and heritage which they can leave for their children’s children. Your greatest contribution as a legacy and heritage thinker is your LIFESTYLE. Somebody said, ‘THE LEGACY YOU LEAVE IS THE LIFE YOU LEAD’. Its not about leaving CATHEDRALS and HONORIFIC TITLES but leaving a heritage of CHRISTIAN VALUES AND STANDARDS. Christian leaders and parishioners should leave the Church better than they found it.
The passage cited above sums up the bad ending of King Hezekiah. This king was well known for being a God-fearing and God-loving leader who restored temple worship. This is the same king who pleaded with God for another lease of life at the point of death and he was granted fifteen extra years. It all started with the Babylonian king who sent a congratulatory message of recovery from illness to Hezekiah as well as a personal gift to him. This was normal practice by kings who wanted to broker alliances with other surrounding kings. King Hezekiah showed off his gold, silver, precious spices, oils and his weapons to this Babylonian entourage. Truly speaking, Hezekiah bragged about his net worth and self worth. He showed off God’s blessings rather than showing off his God. Whatever Hezekiah had, part of it or all of it was inherited from previous generations of kings who understood the importance of leaving a legacy and an inheritance. Hezekiah in the spirit of show off exposed all the hidden places where this heritage was stored. That is why Isaiah asked this question, ‘WHAT HAVE THEY SEEN IN YOUR HOUSE?’ This led to the prophetic utterance of the overthrow of the king’s house and the whole of Judah. Sadly, everything he showed off was later taken off to Babylon. It is naive to think that we can expose our heritage and assume that the enemy will only admire it. The whole of Judah suffered a terrible loss of inheritance because of one man’s short-sightedness. A national heritage went out for grabs because one egocentric man showed off everything to the enemy in exchange with a small gift.
May God raise the Shammahs of today who will STAND in the fields of the fathers to protect the heritage of lentils for future generations (2Samuel 23:11-12). Where are the Naboths of today who will say THE LORD FORBID THAT I SHOULD GIVE YOU THE INHERITANCE OF MY ANCESTORS (1Kings 21:3). Where are the daring daughters of Zelophehad who made a demand of their father’s inheritance among their male relatives? (Numbers 27:1-11). May God raise the Josephs of today who will not be moved by the sexual lures of Potiphar’s wife. May God raise the Daniels of today who say, I WOULD RATHER BE A VEGETARIAN instead of indulging on the king’s delicacies. Let there be an Elijah of today who will be a STAND ALONE prophet against the majority of baal prophets. Where is the modern John the Baptist who is ready to challenge the Herods of today for every wrong doing even if it leads to being beheaded? May the spirit of Moses fall on us today so that we may refuse to be given wrong identity (son of Pharaoh’s daughter) as well as refusing fleeting pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11:24-28).
As a man thinketh, so is he. Long term thinkers think heritage, think legacy, think special future and think generations. I rest my case.