It used to be that to be part of a family meant something. The family name meant something.
The family business meant something (fisherman, carpenter, blacksmith, banker). The family land meant something. So much so that God instituted the Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8–13) to return the land of the original family.
And the family legacy meant something too.
It can still mean something today.
I, as a parent, and you as a parent, or grandparent, have the responsibility to leave not only a material legacy of wealth to our children and grandchildren like an inheritance, land, education, a vocation or a combination of all four but also a responsibility to leave a lasting legacy.
A lasting legacy that is worth leaving.
A Legacy of Faith
How do you plan to intentionally pass on your faith in a winsome way, to your children and grandchildren and future generations? The Scripture tells us to do so.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6
A Legacy of Vision
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.Proverbs 29:17-18
When you help give your children or grandchildren an inheritance of wisdom and a vision of that which is bigger than themselves, you also give them a purpose worth living for.
A Legacy of God’s Word
As parents, grandparents, and caregivers, you have the responsibility to teach God’s truth precept upon precept. This includes teaching principles to live by. Not just a moral compass, but a biblical foundation of Biblical stewardship, money management skills, the value of hard work, how to be discerning, the importance of character, virtue, integrity, self-control and more wisdom from God’s Word.
In addition to verbally sharing God’s Word, you also have the responsibility to model for them a heart that is passionate about God.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.Ephesians 6:4
Our Most Important Mission Field
The great evangelist Billy Sunday said, “I tried to save the whole world and watched my own family go to hell!” We often forget that our own family can be our greatest opportunity to multiply our impact on the world through evangelism and discipleship.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.Psalm 127:3-5
I believe the original vision that the Israelites had was that their children and grandchildren whether they were fishermen, carpenters, doctors, lawyers or priests would all be missionaries and evangelists as part of God’s plan to use his people in His great redemptive plan to reach their generation to the one true and living God.
I also believe that early Christians had that same inspiration and motivation in raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
These are just a few ways, but a good start, to leaving a lasting legacy.