What does it mean to LEAVE A LEGACY?

You can impact lives when you pass away, by leaving a bequest in your will to The Gideons International in South Africa; making us a beneficiary in your insurance policies or investments, or adding a codicil to your will.


As we grow older, we often wonder if life has any sense and meaning – What have we achieved or not achieved in life? In his book Ecclesiastes, Solomon also asked the same questions and shared his fears for a life without purpose with us.

There ís a purpose for your existence here on earth: To mean something to someone and have an impact on his or her life. A true legacy enriches people’s lives, not a large building, an inheritance, success, or achievement.

Consider the following illustration: How many pips are in a pear? Approximately four to eight, sometimes a little more. BUT how many pears are in a pip? When we plant a pear seed, and the tree grows, it will carry thousands of pears, with thousands of seeds. These pips again result in thousands of trees carrying millions of pears. How many pears are in a pip?


Two thousand years ago, Jesus came to earth as God’s legacy to the world. Jesus touched so many people’s lives that it completely overshadows the illustration of the pear. People change daily because of the legacy by Someone whom they cannot see and whom they cannot touch. It is not a picture of Him or something He possessed that changes people, but something quite different. We read of it in John 14:15-17: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth…”

When Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave us the Holy Spirit as a legacy. Likewise, you and I can also leave something behind that can change people’s lives from generation to generation. What you have achieved in your career means nothing compared to the influence you can have on the lives and hearts of lost souls.

Each of us knows what impact a Bible can have on people’s lives. You may have had such an experience yourself and there are also many testimonies confirming it.

In our temporary existence here on earth, we are placing the Word of God in people’s hands and hearts. However, what happens when we exchange the temporary with eternity and sit at God’s feet in heaven? Will those who remain behind still be able to continue with His commandment here on earth? If there are enough people, will there be enough Bibles?


Even when you have completed your assignment here on earth, you can still secure a lasting change in people’s lives by making use of the Legacy Program in one of the following ways:

  • A bequest in your will to The Gideons International in South Africa.
  • Make the Gideons International in South Africa a beneficiary in your insurance policies or investments, or by taking out a life insurance policy in the name of The Gideons International in South Africa.
  • Adding a codicil to your will.

I recently read the following piece of truth: “At a funeral service in a small town, the community paid their last respects to a lady of 84. Just after the service, the funeral director stood up. A big man, he was a hardened police officer in his day, but there he stood with tears in his eyes and told how the lady made the biggest difference ever in his life years ago. “Do you know Jesus?” she asked him while they were having a cup of coffee, and the conversation afterward changed his life. “

What will you leave behind?

What will you be remembered for?

What influence will you have on the spiritual wealth of future generations?

“And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold” (Mark 4:8).


First National Bank (FNB), Pretoria

Branch code: 25 14 45 (EFT)

Cheque Account: 510 608 41 497


Act now by either filling in the form below and we will contact you OR download the CODICIL for a bequest, fill it in and send it to finance@gideonssa.org

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