When American financier John Pierpont Morgan died in 1913, his last will and testament revealed his genuine faith in Jesus Christ. He had prefaced his specific bequests with these significant words:

“I commit my soul into the hands of my Savior, in full confidence that having received it and washed it in His most precious blood He will present it faultless before the throne of my heavenly Father. And I entreat my children to maintain and defend, at all hazard, and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of the complete atonement for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, once offered, and through that alone.”

Those words must have left a lasting impression on his heirs. Yet as commendable as it is to leave such a clear witness to one’s faith after we die, it is even more imperative to share our faith in Christ while we are still alive.

The converts in Thessalonica responded to the witness of Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy by imitating their life and witness so that “the word of the Lord sounded forth” beyond Macedonia and Achaia (1 Th. 1:6-8). Likewise, as we spread the gospel through our words and actions, we will leave lasting impressions on our world.