April 16, 2009

A Godly Legacy…

Written by Boyd Bailey

A Godly Legacy… “When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.” Genesis 49:33

Jacob gave his dying instructions to his sons as they waited at his beside. They lingered there out of love and respect. They had observed his life, though not perfect by far, but an overall faithful life to God. The sons of the father wanted to receive his blessing and they were proud of the legacy left to them, a legacy of faithfulness to God.

What legacy will you leave? If you died today, how would you be remembered? These are important questions for your children. Maybe your parents did not leave you a godly heritage; nevertheless you have a wonderful opportunity to start a new tradition, one based on the principles of Scripture. Lord willing, your legacy will start a godly lineage that will reach across the future for generations to come. Yes, your name will probably be forgotten, but what you stand for will be held in high esteem for all to remember.

Perhaps you start by documenting your family vision and mission. Write out outcomes you are praying for related to your family. Pray your parental example of character compels your children to walk with Christ. For example hold the Bible with such high regard that its commands and principles are lived out in love and obedience. Furthermore, love your children with acceptance, discipline, training and kindness. Follow the ways of God, and your children will see and secure a clear path of purpose to pursue.

Moreover, consider a family credo that defines what you value as a family. Character traits like humility, hard work, community, forgiveness, communication and relationship. Weave these beliefs throughout the language and behavior of your family. Challenge each child to be intoxicated on Scripture, so much that, God’s word is on their breath and behavior. Slow down and ask, ‘Do I live life with legacy in mind, and do I bless each child uniquely and fully?’ If so, be intentional in legacy building, then your children and their children’s children are more apt to love Christ. “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).

Related Readings: Daniel 10:19; Joshua 24:27-29; Luke 2:29; Hebrews 11:13-22

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