I will thank God for eternity for allowing me to be born into a home with a father and mother who were both saved. I am so thankful for them following the directive of God to be equally yoked – a believer marrying a believer. It made for a wonderful environment to grow up in. No, we did not have a perfect home, but it was a place that Christ was exalted, and decisions were made based on the principles of the Word of God. The Word of God had been passed from previous generations as the guiding map for life in general, and for living a life pleasing to God. Our home was built on the truths from the Word of God.
The psalmist wrote, “Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart” (Psalm 119:111). When I read that verse it made me think about my motivation for this devotional. I want to pass along to our children a godly heritage. I want them to use the Word of God as their guiding map through life. I want to see our grand-children and generations to come following the same Word of God. It has been a blessing to me, and I am hopeful it will remain the guide for the future of our family.
When I think about a heritage being passed along, I do not think of finances. That is probably because our family never had much in the way of money to pass along. I am thinking of the things that have been given to me that are far more valuable than money. I have been given the heritage of fiercely defending the Word of God (after all it is the absolute truth)! I have been given the heritage of hard work. I have heard the phrase, “If the job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right;” many times. I have been given the heritage of loving others that have been overlooked. I have been given the heritage of sacrificial love for those in our family and friends. I have been given the heritage of keeping your word after you have promised something. I have been given the heritage of standing up for what you believe in. I thank God for the heritage that has been passed along to me.
As you read this devotional today, you are reading part of my attempt to continue passing along the challenges of the Word of God to you on a daily basis. Let me encourage you to keep building a heritage for those following you. This is not a quick race, but a steady, consistent walk with God while those who are following watch how it is done. Be faithful today … others are watching and copying your actions!
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” – C.H. Spurgeon