“And now these three remain, faith, hope and love.”1 Corinthians 13:13
What do you value? This world values power, prestige, possessions, wealth, fame, and “likes” on social media. We even value certain gifts and abilities expressed in the church over others. We stand and applaud the soloist or musicians, but are not quick to applaud the women who hold the babies and chase two-year-olds in the nursery. (Ok….don’t get me wrong….we LOVE our musicians!)…The church in Corinth valued certain Gifts over others, even making some seem more “spiritual” than others. We see this at the beginning of this chapter where Paul talks about a variety of “desired” spiritual gifts.
As I get older I think about the word “legacy”. The word legacy means “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor.” Some of the most valuable things we own are books, diaries, hymnals, and handwritten sermons and articles written by great and great-great uncles, aunts and grandparents. It’s in these handwritten treasures that we see faith tested and tried. It’s in these treasures that we see faith, hope, and love…..that have been passed down and endured beyond any other earthly treasure they may have passed along.
Faith, hope, and love are attributes that aren’t tangible. You’ll not get “likes” or pats on the back for demonstrating these attributes. In fact, the demonstration of these gifts may happen only in the mind and heart, seen only by the Lord. Faith, hope, and love are matters of the heart and remain when all else fades away. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? In what ways are your treasures and priorities reflective of these things that remain? Lord examine my heart. Show me where I need growth and more of you in leaving and living legacy that’s about faith, hope, and love.