Many parents strive to leave an inheritance for their children. They have a sense of obligation and duty to work and sacrifice to make certain that those they leave behind will have more than they did. They didn’t have much of this “world’s goods” so they want to make life a little easier and more comfortable for the others they leave behind.
It is one thing to leave an inheritance and quite another to leave a legacy. An inheritance is made up of “things” - monetary, physical, tangible, negotiable items that have a “cash value” attached to them. However, a legacy is quite different.
While not all parents leave an inheritance for their children, all parents leave their children a legacy. Legacies are the core values of our life that we pass on to our children that guide and guard them and give them purpose in life. It is a process of instilling values in children that brings glory to God by the lives they live. Godly legacies will provide God’s wisdom, insight, and knowledge that shape behaviors and give purpose and meaning to life.
An inheritance is something parents can leave to their children but a legacy is much more than that. Parents who honor God in all things leave a God-honoring legacy for their children to follow and pass on to their children. We all leave legacies to be passed on.
“Be wise my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.” It is obvious that Solomon wanted to leave a legacy for his children that did not come from his wealth but from God’s wisdom that exceeded his wealth: A God-like character.
Prayer: We pray, Father, that each of us will leave legacies that honor You and inspire others to follow You. May we live like we are leaving a legacy – because we are! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 27:11 Be wise my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.