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Leaving a Legacy

Colt McCoy    /    Jun 16, 2013


Colt McCoy speaks on Philippians 2:3-11

Series: The Real Win




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Sermon Transcript

I’m extremely blessed to have a great dad and granddad that have been influential in my life in so many ways. That’s why Matt and I wanted to write, The Real Win, to encourage men to be great husbands and fathers. To be men who live for Jesus, regardless of whether they’re married or single.


This is the third part of our series. Week one we talked about how the Bible calls men to lead. God puts the responsibility on man in the church, in our marriages and in our families. Last week we talked about the call of men to lead in their marriages. Today, we’ll be talking about legacy.


There are two things to think about:


  1. What is a legacy?


A legacy is what you leave with the people you’re closest to after you’re gone. It’s what lives on after you die. How will you be remembered? It’s the impact you made in this life while you were here.


  1. Every man leaves a legacy.


The question is not if you will leave a legacy, because every man will. The question is what kind of legacy you are going to leave.


Let’s look together at one man who left the greatest legacy of any man that has ever walked this earth, Jesus.


Jesus’ Legacy


In Philippians, Paul was speaking to the church in Philippi. He was giving them examples of how they were to live and certain characteristics to have. He explained the reason we’re suppose to do this is because these were the characteristics that Jesus had in His life. They were the things that caused Him to leave the legacy He left.




Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Philippians 2:3 (ESV)


This is the biblical definition of humility. It’s first characteristic the Scripture calls us to. It’s regarding one another as more important than ourselves.


I think as men, this is really hard for us. From the time we’re little kids, it’s drilled into us to win, to be the best at what we do, to be first, to be important. I live in this environment everyday; win or go home. You have to be the best at what you do.


But the Bible is calling us to be the opposite of that. We’re called to consider others more important than ourselves. When I look at our culture, I see a lot of false humility. Guys act like they don’t want credit for the things they do or don’t want to be rewarded and call it humility. They think they’re being humble. But that’s not the biblical definition of humility. You pretending you don’t want credit or to be rewarded is not humility. Humility is when you look at other people and actually consider them better than yourself.


Care for Others


Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 (ESV)


The second characteristic is to be men who don’t just care for ourselves, but care for others. That is exactly what last week’s message was about. Matt was spending so much time pursuing the church and being a good pastor, that he neglected the interests of his wife and kids. He got caught up in all the things he was doing. The church was his idol. He was traveling, teaching, preaching, and studying. He was so into all of it that he forgot his family.


We can all relate to this. When we’re busy living life, it’s hard to always care for others and put their interests first. As fun as team sports are, there are always a few guys that are just extremely annoying. Sometimes it’s a player, sometimes a coach. They’re annoying. Maybe you experience that at your job with a boss or coworker.


We are called to care for their interests, to love them anyways. As annoying as they can be sometimes and as tempting as it is to just ignore them or write them off, we are actually called to care for them.


I had a coach one time that I did not get along with. He didn’t like me and I struggled with him. But God convicted my heart about it. Even though he didn’t deserve it, I began to show him respect, prayed for him. I did it because, as a man, I was called to care for him. Regardless of the circumstances.


This has also been one of the biggest lessons with my marriage. First and foremost, I am a child of God. Then I’m a husband. Then I’m an NFL quarterback. I can’t just pursue my dreams and goals as a quarterback. I have to first make sure my wife’s goals and dreams are potentially being met first. I can’t just daily pursue my own walk with Jesus either. It’s important to care for my wife by making sure she’s walking well with Jesus. I don’t have kids, hopefully someday. But it’s important to make sure your kids are learning and growing biblically. They are not only being taught about Jesus here at church, but also at home. You are their role model, showing them what a good marriage looks like, teaching them what holiness is. You being that role model for your kids is one of the best ways you could ever care for them.


God is calling us to be men who care for the interest of others.


Jesus’ Example


Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:5 (ESV)


As men we are to walk in humility. Not to look at just our own interests, but to the interests of others. Why? Because that’s what Jesus did. Why did Jesus live out these principles?


who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:6-11 (ESV)


Now that’s a man who left a legacy. Jesus was a man who didn’t live for Himself. He lived for the benefit of others. The glory of God and His legacy, Jesus’ legacy, will be seen and felt forever.


At the end of our lives, there is only going to be one thing that lives behind you. It’s what you do for Jesus.


What Legacy Are Your Leaving?


The question is not will you leave a legacy, it’s what legacy are you leaving?


When I first arrive at UT, I was pumped. My parents had dropped me off. I was about to start my life. We checked in with the coaches, met the trainers and the equipment guys. I got my gear, equipment, shoulder pads and my white helmet with the burnt orange sticker on it. I got my locker all situated, right next to Vince Young. Finally the time came for me to pick out my number. It was a crucial time. What number would I be wearing for the next five years? Our head equipment manager walked me through what numbers were available. I was number four in high school, but it was taken. I picked up number eleven. That’s what I was in junior high. I liked that number. I held it up and was admiring it, picturing my name on the back. I thought, “I could be just like Major Applewhite, this could be me for the next five years!” My equipment manager walked around the corner and said, “Boy, put that jersey down, you will never accomplish what number eleven did. Do you know who’s number that was? Put it down, pick another number.” My dreams were crushed. So I chose one number higher and picked number twelve.


In 2010 I got a call from the president of the university and received one of the greatest honors of my career so far. They wanted to retire my number twelve. I was standing on the field with Coach Brown and his wife. My parents and my wife we right next to me. They were saying something over the speakers, some highlights were playing. Coach Brown put his arm around me and said, “You know Colt, this is forever. Your name will forever be up there. No one is ever going to wear your number again.”


From that moment I’ve been thinking. Forever is a long time. In 1977, Earl Campbell became the first Longhorn to have his jersey retired. Since then, there have been five others, including mine. If Texas continues at this rate of retiring five numbers every thirty years, in a couple hundred years, there will be dozens of numbers no longer available. Someday there might not be any jerseys left. Hundreds of years from now, nobody is going to remember my name. Some university president could come along and order number twelve to be put back into circulation.


Let’s live our lives for the only ting that hundreds of years from now will still matter. Men, very few things in this life are truly forever. One of them is what you do in this life for Jesus. That’s the legacy you want to leave.


What legacy are you leaving? What legacy would your wife say you’re leaving? Or your kids? What legacy would your coworkers say you’re leaving? Is it a legacy of success in business? A successful golf game? A legacy of a big 401K?


Or, are you leaving a legacy of humility, faithfulness, service and love?


The golf game, the 401K and the big bank account won’t matter. But a legacy of faithfulness, love and service will matter a long time after you’re gone. We are in this together. I’m in this battle with you, fighting just like you are.


As we end this series, let’s pray that God would turn us into the men He has called us to be: men that lead our families, our marriages and our churches. Men that love their wives like Christ loves the church. Men that leave a legacy of faithfulness to Jesus. That’s the only thing that’s going to last.