BIBLE READING: PSALMS 78:1-8; PROVERBS 13:22; JUDGES 2:10-13; 2 TIMOTHY 2:2
“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5 (NKJV).
Royal families take a great deal of effort to preserve and pass on their family history, legacy and inheritances. According to Psalm 78:1-8, what was done by God, for instance, in a ministry must be told to the next generation so that they will put their trust in God, His Knowledge and His Works.
A legacy or an inheritance is the link between two generations. It is what each generation receives from the previous generation and then what they pass on to the next. When one generation has been ‘fruitful and multiplied’ and has passed on their legacy to the next generation, that generation gets a head start in the area in which they received an inheritance. For example, a financial bequest can enable a young man, woman or even a new couple to build something earlier than they would have, if they had depended solely on their income.
When we receive an inheritance, we are freely getting what someone else paid for (see John 4:36-38). Legacy makes each generation responsible to both receive and honour what has been passed on from the previous generation and then pay their own price to make it grow so that the next generation starts ahead of them.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul charged his son to be mindful of those he hands down the legacy that was passed on to him. Sons not only preserve the family legacy but as a matter of truth extend the borders of the family inheritance. David fought many battles, won many victories, accumulated much gold, silver, covenants, and goodwill and passed on all these to Solomon his successor. Solomon by wisdom extended this legacy to enviable heights.
Honour is the key to receiving the legacy of fathers. This legacy may include the mantle, the conquests, realms of God and the dimensions of the anointing the father operated in.
In Judges 2:10-13, one generation failed to pass on the legacy and inheritance to the next generation. They forgot not only God but His laws and His works and began to worship foreign gods. One of the challenges of sonship is the ability to steward the legacies and inheritances of the previous generation to the next. David passed down his legacy to Solomon who in turn stewarded and passed it on to Rehoboam who sadly failed to pass it on the next.
Father in the name of Jesus, I ask that You help me to steward every legacy, wisdom, mantle, good name, great relationships and physical legacies passed on to me. May I never waste that which was passed on to me by bloody battles of fathers to riotous living in Jesus’ Name. Amen.