A Heritage Worth Giving
In celebration of Father’s Day, a nearby church put up a sign that said this: “The best inheritance a father can leave is a good example.” This is not a revolutionary belief in Christendom today. In fact, it’s utterly unremarkable. But is it true that the best a father can do for his children is be a good example for them?
Is a ‘Good’ Heritage a Worthy One?
The issue of heritage is one that all of us at Shulamite Ministries have been on lately. What inheritance did we receive from our family? What inheritance will we pass on when we leave this world behind? These are weighty questions, and the Holy Spirit has provided revelation filled with Life and hope in Martha’s latest Message of the Month, A Worthy Heritage for Our Children.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting your children to be of good character, to make good choices, and to lead moral lives in relative happiness; indeed, it’s perfectly natural. But is that the best for them? Is that God’s desire, or ours? Scripture is clear about how God views our natural heritage:
For you know that you were not redeemed from your useless [spiritually unproductive] way of life inherited [by tradition] from your forefathers with perishable things like silver and gold, but [you were actually purchased] with precious blood, like that of a [sacrificial] lamb unblemished and spotless, the priceless blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:18-19
A Heritage Beyond Our Dreams
If there is an unworthy heritage for our children (and there clearly is), then what is the worthy one that we can pass on? The answer to this question will give hope to discouraged parents and a deeper understanding of the Father’s heart for all His children. We may be satisfied with leaving our kids a good example of a good life, but ours is a God of abundance. We cannot even dream the Life He has for us, let alone our children.
A Worthy Heritage for Our Children takes listeners beyond the appearance of goodness, that we are so tempted to prize, into the incomparable spiritual heritage that our children desperately need.