Heritage

<<legacy received>>

This is anything that may be inherited from previous generations including customs and traditions. A major OT focus was the birthright, relating to the differing financial disbursement and other privileges, depending on the birth order.

Timothy had a Godly grandmother and mother who shared their faith with him from a young age (2 Tim 1:5, 3:14,15). Our heritage in Christ is not passed on via the family genealogy through inheritance (as a matter of course) – it must be

  If you have received a Godly heritage, honour                    it by passing it on to the next generation

entered into personally. The great news is Jesus died for all, and anyone who wants to can enter into the blessings of Christ. The open, inclusive invitation is, “Whoever will, let him come” (Act 10:43; Rev 22:17). Every blessing in Christ is rightfully ours because we have entered into a covenant relationship and been adopted as sons (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:3-14, 2:7, 3:16-19; Col 1:27). Satan tries to prevent us entering into our rightful place in Christ – we are to resist him, and choose life (Deut 30:15; Jn 10:10; Jas 4:7,8).

Jesus gave His all that we might be blessed. By faith, we ask and receive (Mt 21:22). The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come (2 Cor 1:22). We will not only have a home in heaven but blessings on earth too, including the resources to live victoriously (Ps 16:6; Jn 14:2,3; 2 Cor 10:4; 2 Pet 1:3,4). Do we share with others the blessings of our relationship with God and the riches of salvation He wants to give to those who come to Him? 

It is normal for parents to pass on to their children earthly things of material worth. How much more desirable to instruct children by imparting Godly values into their impressionable lives, besides telling about His faithfulness (Prov 22:6; Isa 38:19). Make your teaching personal by sharing God’s dealings with you (Deut 4:9,10; Ps 78:3,4; Joel 1:3). His words are to have a prominent place in our lives so they govern our lifestyle (Deut 6:6-9).

See also: ancestors, birthright, family, heir, inheritance, legacy, parents/parenting, rights, tradition.


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