Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 8
There is a lot to comment on in this chapter. I’m only going to comment on one verse, though, but I’d love to hear about any commentary you might have on the rest of the passage in the comments section. I am sure you can help me understand what the author’s main point is, because, honestly, I had a hard time interpreting the chapter. So, help a brotha out.
Allow me to comment on verse 10.
So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are soon forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility.—Ecclesiastes 8:10
When I read this verse, the phrase “Leaving a Legacy” came to mind. The author said that he has seen the wicked buried and they are soon forgotten. Basically, they left nothing of worth behind after leaving this earth.
Who are the wicked to which he is referring? It’s those who went in and out of the temple to receive their own praise. In other words, it’s those who do things in order to look good and successful. These self-serving people are soon forgotten. They leave no legacy.
Many college athletes have dreams of becoming paid professionals in their sport. When I spoke to a bunch of football players at Lindsey Wilson College, I gracefully assured them that most of them were not going to the NFL and that hardly anyone would even care that they played football at Lindsey Wilson College after they graduated. I wanted them to understand that it was great to be a college athlete, but the only true legacy they could leave behind was a spiritual one.
If they wanted to leave a lasting legacy, that could happen by taking the time to share the gospel with teammates and classmates and discipling them in such a way that they could do the same thing for others, year after year. I challenged them to imagine disciples still being made 10 years down the road simply because they chose to invest in others spiritually during their short 4-5 years on campus. That legacy would not be forgotten.
My point of saying all this is that a lot of us focus on our work, our success, our image, our status, etc. But, you know what? All of that stuff will soon be forgotten and is futile. If you want to leave a true legacy, take the time to disciple your family, a friend, a co-worker, a teammate, etc. Teach them to make disciples.
I’m glad Jesus’ disciples were obedient to the Great Commission, because their legacy has not been forgotten. In fact, it continues today. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be the last link on the chain of discipleship. I want that legacy to continue, as opposed to being too focused on things that will soon be forgotten and are ultimately futile.
Posted by: Rich Duffield