Heritage

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

The spread of the gospel message has always been simple and effective. Those who receive it must take an active part. It should be spread throughout the whole world, and yet, some fail at the most crucial mission field – the home.

It is easy to share Biblical truth with those who do not know you or that you may never see again. It is wholly another thing when those you live with see the gospel lived out in your everyday, nitty-gritty of life. 

Our testimony won’t hold water if our life does not back up the changing, transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is most visible to those of our own family. 

God knew that the furthering of the message needed to begin in the home. Without it, that message would die swiftly.

Throughout the Old Testament, we read of the telling and retelling of the deliverance from Egyptian bondage. Whether in the practice of the sacrifices, or the psalms, we read of the almighty hand of God and His deliverance to His children. 

The rehearsal of these truths to the children and the teaching of the moral and spiritual truths behind it, ensured its longevity. It began the heritage of what God gave to the children of Israel. 

When my children were young, these truths came home to roost. If I did not live out what my children learned at church, I would be a hypocrite. The desire for my children to live for God would be lost if they had not seen it lived out at home.

Next to my walk with God, and my marriage, the heritage I leave with those bearing my name is paramount. The book of Proverbs is rich with the teaching from a father to a son.

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”

Proverbs 7:1-2 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.”

The power of parental teaching is not in the amount of time or the number of teachers we thrust in front of them. It is in how we live out what we teach.

Faithfulness is displayed when we read our Bible daily, pray, and go to church – even when we don’t feel like it.

We show our love in the types of giving of our time, talent, and treasure. As they grow, we need to reveal these areas to our children, not as a display of pride but the teaching of the most basic operations of life.

We often fail when our lives are out of balance. Too much work, church, or leisure is detrimental and will not reveal itself readily. So many things take the place of what we preach are the best things. 

The full cycle of teaching your children is revealed all too late. Someone once said, “You can not call yourself a success as a parent until you see what you’ve taught lived out in your grandchildren.” By that time, the seeds are sown, and the fruit is starting to show.

We may not always see or agree with the ingredients as to what makes the Christian life a success. Trusting the One who desires to lead us will ensure the right fruit in the lives of those we love.

In these unprecedented times in our world today, we are forced to spend more time with each other. As children of God, let us make the most of what we are commanded to do.

Even if you are not a parent, you can use this time to influence someone for Christ. Whether its a phone call to encourage, a gift of some necessities, or a note conveying that you are earnestly praying for them, it will be much appreciated.

No matter how you go about it, what you do will be remembered as your heritage as a child of God. Children honor their parents with how they live their lives. No one is self-made. We are the sum of our teachers. 

What we do as children of God reflects on Him as well. Ask today, that more of Christ will show through. John the Baptist said it best:

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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