And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. –Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Here is the question (or burden, or passion, or thought… however you want to put it) on my heart over the last several months, “What am I doing with the heritage I have been given?” Am I squandering it? Am I hiding it? Am I passing it down to my children? The children of Israel had a tremendous heritage: They had been brought out of bondage, they had a God that would answer their prayer, they had His word to guide them in their living, and they were to be His witnesses of truth to the people around them. What were they going to do with their heritage? Well, history bears out what they did with theirs, but that isn’t my concern right now.
My concern is, “What am I doing with MY heritage?” My heritage is similar, if not the same as theirs: I have been brought out of sin’s bondage, I have a God that answers my prayers, I have His word to guide me in my living, and I am to be His witness for truth to the people around me. But am I walking in that heritage? More importantly, “Am I diligently passing it to my children?”
My challenge to you and myself is simple, “Pass it on to the next generation.” Pass “what” on? Your heritage! Tell the next generation (your children and grandchildren) you have been brought out sin’s bondage and they can be too. Tell them you have a God that answers your prayers and they can too. Tell them you have God’s holy, inspired, infallible word to guide you in your living, and they do too. Tell them that you are to be a witness for Jesus to the people around you, and they are too.
Our heritage from one generation to the next is like a chain. When one rung is securely fastened to another, strength remains. But when one rung breaks, then the whole chain is in danger of separating from itself. Thus our heritage is only one generation from diminution if one generation fails to “Pass it on.”