There is a popular notion that we must give attention to our “legacy” – that is, what we leave behind in this life. This notion means, “I want people to think well of me when I am gone.” Notice, the emphasis is what people think of me, what my reputation is, and what I leave behind that people see or influences how they feel about me.
The issue of legacy, eternal legacy, is not settled in the world’s eyes but rather in Jesus’s. Stewarding one’s life for the glory of God may leave behind a “legacy” that people value in the here and now, but the greater priority is to steward our life so that we are rewarded by Jesus’s words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” The evaluation of a leader in Jesus’s kingdom is different from what the world values. “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Successful Christian leaders and successful Christians are those who are successful in Jesus’s eyes.