The Family Inheritance
I have warned my children and grandchildren that they will not become wealthy when their Mother and I go to Heaven. We are not rich in worldly goods; however, long ago the admonition found in Proverbs 13:22 captured our attention. Pointedly that Proverb states, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.”
What can we leave our children and grandchildren in addition to our small financial assets? This has been our focus for several decades.
There are five things that we want to leave to our children and our children’s children. Beyond any shadow of doubt, we want them to know the most important things in all of life.
1. Concerning Christ, we trusted Him. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31).
2. Concerning the Bible, we treasured it. “The Law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver” (Psalm 119:72). “Therefore I love Thy Commandments above gold; yea above fine gold (Psalm 119:127).
3. Concerning sin, we turned from it. “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).
4. Concerning blessings, we thanked Him. “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms” (Psalm 95:2). “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4).
5. Concerning direction in life, we talked with our family. “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 riseth up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
What will you be leaving your family? These are the things that are lasting treasures.