“Bah! Humbug!” Hopefully, that is not your response to Christmas Day. However, that was the famous catchphrase of the miserly, cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge. In Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” Ebenezer Scrooge is known as a very wealthy man who is stingy with his money. On Christmas Eve, after the death of his business partner, three spirits visit Scrooge and show him Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. When Scrooge sees that after his death none mourn for him, he repents and becomes a generous man. The fictional Ebenezer Scrooge had the chance to hear what people would say of him after he was dead and changed his ways as a result. In reality, none of us will be able to hear what others say about us after we are dead. If we were able to hear what others said about us after our death, maybe we would be more concerned with the legacy that we are going to leave behind and change our ways.
Deuteronomy 34 is the last chapter in the book. This chapter records the last scene of Moses’ life. God allowed Moses to climb Mt. Pisgah and see the Promised Land that the children of Israel would soon conquer. Moses had led them to this point but was not allowed to enter the land because of his sin at Kadesh. Even though Moses had made mistakes and surely had regrets, these would be overshadowed by his heroic and faithful legacy that he had made during his years of leadership. Moses played an important role as God’s chosen leader of the people of Israel. Moses had made such an impression on the people that they “wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days…” (v. 8). The Bible records that “there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face….” (v. 10). Moses left a legacy that would be remembered for generations to follow.
Moses had reached the end of his life. He had been faithful to his God-given duty on earth. He had passed on his legacy to the generations to follow. The greatest legacy that Moses left behind was his spiritual legacy. The Bible says that Moses knew God “face to face.” And so we all are writing our legacy on the pages of life one day at a time. Every choice we make, every word we say, every deed towards others is forming the legacy that will be left to future generations. When the last page of the book is written, our legacy will be sealed in indelible ink. We cannot go back and change the past. That is why we must endeavor from this day forward to invest in the spiritual nurturing of those coming after us. We must endeavor to leave a legacy that is spiritual in nature. No monetary or material legacy can ever replace a spiritual legacy. Live for God. Be faithful to the end. Leave a legacy.