What kind of inheritance ought we leave for future generations?
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“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren…”
Proverbs 13:22 God’s Word to the Nations
The Scriptures encourage us to leave and inheritance for our children, yet many of us know, or have experienced, the fact that an inheritance can tear families apart. Brothers and sisters no longer speak to each other because of a perception of injustice in how an inheritance is distributed. Yet with time material goods vanish.
Granted, people have invested an inheritance and ended up wealthy, but chances are that within a short period of time an inheritance will disappear. The car will end up in a junkyard. The house will be sold to someone else. The money will drop out of sight.
Though it can be a good thing to leave material possessions as an inheritance, the best inheritance will not disappear, vanish or drop out of sight. The most important inheritance we leave behind is our faith in Jesus Christ.
Faith in Christ is an eternal inheritance of treasure laid up in heaven.
You inherited this faith in Jesus Christ from someone else. This faith in the crucified and risen Savior has been handed down from the time of Jesus himself. It will be an inheritance that will continue to pass from generation to generation as long as the church exists.
As you think about your will, consider the most important gift you can give, not only to your children but your children’s children; your faith in Christ.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner