A legacy is defined as an inheritance. As Christian parents, what kind of legacy are we leaving for our children? Although the Old Testament, in several places, mentions leaving physical blessings to our children, the only legacy that the New Testament speaks to us about leaving them is a “spiritual legacy.” The only true legacy that we can leave our children is how to walk in His righteousness. This disciplining begins in our home.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” God wants us to teach our children how to pursue His Son Jesus Christ and how to become like Christ in all of our ways. We teach them to live for Christ by being an example to them. We teach them how to love their father and mother, according to biblical principles. We teach them how to treat people, the way our heavenly Father treats us, with mercy, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and temperance. These are all attributes of our Father that will allow us to leave a legacy to our children for Godly living. Unfortunately, we can’t model these attributes if we don’t have them. Parents, we are mandated by the Word of God to leave a Godly legacy for our children and our grandchildren. THIS IS NOT A SUGGESTION FROM GOD. IT IS A COMMANDMENT.
Living our lives in total surrender to Christ is the only way this can be accomplished. Living a holy life before our children requires dying to ourselves, picking up our cross daily and following Him. As we become transformed to this new God-kind of life, through the renewing of our mind, God’s blessings will begin to follow our lives and the lives of our children. Otherwise, we will raise another unbelieving, perverse generation that will follow after the kingdom of darkness.
Authored by Pastor Bob Dziadaszek