There is an interesting occurrence that, if we are not careful, we will pass right by it without ever taking time to notice it. It’s found in 2 Kings 13 and it’s only one verse, so it is easy to glance right over. This is what it says:
Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. (2 Kings 13:21 NIV)
Now it’s one thing to do some amazing things while you’re alive, like Elisha did, but it’s a whole new ballgame to do something amazing while you’re dead. The anointing on Elisha’s life was so powerful that, even though he was dead, he still had an impact on the lives that came after him.
It’s one thing to make a difference while you’re alive, but it’s something else when you make a lasting impact that goes on even though you’re dead. Don’t get me wrong making a difference is good, but I don’t want to just make a difference. I want to make history. I don’t want the impact of my life to die with me. I want it to go on to touch the generations that come behind me. I want the next generation to be raised to life when it comes in contact with me. I want to leave a lasting legacy.
There is a quote from the movie The Sandlot that you have probably said many times if you’ve ever seen the movie. Babe Ruth shows up in a dream to Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez and tells him: “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”
So let me ask you. What is it that you want to be remembered by? Do you want to just make a difference or do you want to make history? Do you want your impact to just die with you or do you want it to live on to touch the generations to come? Do you want to leave a lasting legacy? Do you want to be a history maker?