Many years ago when I pastored the Hilltop Church of God in Columbus, Ohio, there were two families that were unable to come to church because of family members that could not use the stairs. They got together and proposed a ramp addition to the building. Over the next 5 years they were the champions of fundraising and supplied most of the funds themselves. But by the time the money was raised and the ramp was finished, neither of the two in need were alive to ever use the ramp that they had envisioned and fought for. What they accomplished was for the generations of believers that followed them.
As Israel became an established nation, King David sought to build a permanent home for the ark of God. But though he had the vision, he was told he was not the one to build the Temple. So David did everything in his power to see that the work was done so that there may be a Temple for the generations that followed him.
So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God. – 1 Chronicles 29:2-3
Maybe only a few remember names like ‘Red’ Bales or ‘Teed’ Moore. They are names on a plaque in the hallway of our church building of those who gave so that we have a facility to worship in. The may not have seen the completion of the work (because maybe it is as yet not complete). But they gave generously so that the generations that follow them might have a house of worship that they can call home.
There are people yet to be born who are counting on you to lay a foundation of faith so that there is a path that they can follow. There is some fruit that needs to be produced from seed that you have in your hand. Take time to look beyond your next two steps and catch a vision of your spiritual legacy and how it impacts generations of Christ followers.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21