You know that’s how it goes, don’t you? God gives you your life, you live, and then all is left is your legacy. A legacy is what you hand down to the next generation.
Last night, our world lost a life, but certainly not a legacy. Major Ron Brooks passed away due to a stroke he suffered earlier in the day. God took him home.
He was my high school principal and a man I had the privilege of serving along side a church plant in Heidelberg, Germany. The generation he served and the impact of his life is today still being felt. Thousands of teens sat under his preaching/teaching and many, many were rescued out of the grasp of sin and turned to Christ because of his influence. Countless numbers of men today stand in pulpits across the world because of his faithful influence. Many today sit at home or at work and quietly live their lives for Christ because Ron at one point in their lives courageously risked his own relationship with them to enter their world and speak the Word of God into it. Many many more young people even today are continuing to be influenced because they are being reared by parents who sat under his influence for Christ and the Gospel. The legacy is real. The legacy cannot be missed.
His time in the military had an indellible influence upon him. It showed up in his preaching. There was always a sense of urgency that worked its way out of the text. There was a commanding way to him that spoke with authority. It was what that generation needed. There was clarity in his preaching that very often found its way to the heart where like it or not, he addressed your need. His time with his Savior had an indelible influence perhaps even more. It too came out in his preaching. You knew you were loved. You knew you were served with truth. Your life was greatly affected, even changed. Christ was exalted and God was glorified.
He was God’s chosen servant for a particular generation. Good servants of God are like that. They are “wired” and placed in an environment to do a specific task for a specific purpose. He tended to his purpose with great zeal and tireless effort to bring the truths of God’s Word to bear in lives. It was his passion. It was his delight. It was his heart. Lives were changed. My life was changed.
Thank you, sir! Thank you principal! Thank you co-worker and mentor. Thank you servant! Thank you lover of Jesus.
Your legacy is real. Your legacy continues and will do so to the 1000th generation (Deut 5:10).
May God’s sweet grace rest on you, Barbara, Ron Jr., Jeff, Leslie, and Stephen and may in the days ahead you find Christ as rich and satisfying as Ron taught us all that He is!
A life…now a legacy.
“Only one life. Twill soon be passed. Only what is done for Christ will last.”