A legacy is passed from generation to generation. It can be physical or immaterial. It can be good or bad. But if it is practical, it can be used in one’s everyday life.
All of us received a mixed legacy. Hopefully we have sorted through what we received, kept the good, upgraded the mediocre, and disposed of the bad. Nevertheless we still pass a mixed legacy on to our children. How can we train our children to continue this upgrading process of their legacy so our grandchildren and great-grandchildren receive yet a better leg up in life?
Although the book of my life isn’t finished yet, so we cannot see if I ran well to the finish line, I already suspect I have a clue to this important query. I think accountability and transparency mixed with a biblical understanding of humanity is the key.
We often don’t realize that it is in the everyday events of life that our children receive their inheritance. They live what they learn (as the famous poem says). Someone once helped me with this little jingle:
Your walk talks, and your talk talks, But your walk talks louder than your talk talks.
There is a principle of sowing and reaping. In it God is never mocked! We will reap what we sow – and there is no crop failure. If what you are sowing bodes a frightening harvest, you had better get out your plow and get busy. Break up that old planting and let God plant new seed; cultivate it faithfully and pray for God’s abundant rain upon it that the harvest might be very good.
Many home school families are losing their children to the world as they enter their young adult years. If we are going to stop this trend, we must answer the question, “Why?” I am reminded of the verse, “The little foxes spoil the vine”. Yes my friend, we all have them – those areas of soft choices that undermine our otherwise disciplined lives. The Bible calls them ‘footholds’, for it is here that the evil one gains entrance into our lives and the lives of our children. A wise friend has often told me, “What a man does in moderation, his children will do in excess”. Have you found that true in your life? Does it grieve your heart? Has it humbled you to cry out to God for victory? Has victory come?
You see there is only one way to avoid a bad harvest that has been sown – plowing followed by faithful cultivation each time the bad seed springs forth. You sowed it and you must reap it. Don’t wait for the full blown harvest of destruction. Plow it under and cultivate it faithfully. Don’t let one sprout get by to grow to maturity.
Have you ever taken the time to study God’s legacy to you as His child? Those great and precious promises His Son secured for you on Calvary! What is your inheritance in God? (What is His inheritance in you?) Have you lived it in such a way that your children decided it was worth consideration? Yes, salvation is all of God, but on the human side, was your life so godly your children wanted Him? Was your private life so bad, you drove your children from Him? Most of us fall somewhere in between. God can still use us if we will allow Him to break us and conform us to the image of His dear Son. It’s never too late.
Let us begin anew today to cast ourselves at His feet morning by morning to learn of Him. It doesn’t take wisdom, or might, or power. It only takes a willingness to let Him have His way and a faithfulness to read and memorize His word while listening to hear His still small voice. “Ye shall find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
All who know Him will hear one day His “well done thou faithful servant, enter in to the joy of your Lord”. Will your children be there to share the legacy with you?
When we understand who we are apart from Christ, we can begin to comprehend what we can become in Christ. We must never forget these two contrasts – nor should we let our children forget. They and we are capable of ‘no good thing’ in and of ourselves – even after salvation. For there is none good but God – anything ‘good’ in my life has its source in Him, anything bad has its source in me. Remember, Christ is the Christian life. Like a good mentor is wont to remind me, “It’s the source, not the action that determines if the fruit is good or bad”. That hits the nail on the head. If I’m the source – no good thing. If Christ is the source – every good and perfect gift.
Just remember one thing, Christ is the Christian life! You cannot live the Christian life (God never said you could) so let Christ live it in you (Just like He always planned). Herein is a great mystery – Jesus Christ the hope of glory in me (not just then, but now). It’s His legacy to us, may we be humble enough to receive it – with joy!
It is our desire that our legacy to our children be Christ – Christ in us, Christ in our children, Christ in their children – and on and on and on until Jesus comes again and takes us all home to be with Him – to share His glory for eternity.
Let’s give our children the legacy of truth in the inner parts. Jesus Christ the Righteous One in me the hope of glory. That is a legacy worth striving for. A practical legacy you can live every day of your life.
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