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
What are you passing on to the next generation! What will your legacy be? Are you leaving a large sum of money or setting up an organization to your memory? Maybe you’re passing down recipes and words of wisdom the future generation? Or, maybe you have never even considered what will mark your time in this world after you are gone. It is definitely something worth thinking about and spending some time planning for.
In today’s text Paul is talking about the legacy that has been passed to Timothy from his grandmother through his mother. He says that Timothy’s grandmother and mother have passed their genuine faith to him. What a great gift and legacy to pass on! True authentic faith.
Our faith is the most important thing and we should be making a conscience effort to ensure our children and those in the next generation are getting all the revelation from our time here. Our children’s faith should begin where ours left off. Their floor should be our ceiling. The next generation should be able to build on the foundation of the faith that we grew our entire life! This is how progress happens, by building on the foundation of the previous generation! This is also how the message of the gospel has survived thousands of years, by passing from one generation to the next.
So what are you and I doing to secure this foundation for the next generation? How do we spend time cultivating and growing the awareness and consistency of this foundation? By spending daily quiet time with God? Listening to weekly teachings in church services? Gathering in groups throughout the week to encourage in spur each other on? These are all things we can be doing to grow our great faith, but in passing to the next generation, you must live the life. Begin to teach and train your children and grandchildren today by walking in God’s word and being an example of His goodness. No matter what stage of life you are in, you can make a purposeful endeavor to pass on your faith.
Today I want to encourage you to make a plan to impact future generations. What will you do to ensure the message of salvation passes from you to your children through their children and down the generations. As much as we love our children and grandchildren what a joy it will be to one day meet the generations before and after us who have passed their genuine faith to us! This is true legacy and what we should purposefully cultivate in our lives. We all will leave this world one-day, nobody gets out of here alive. However we all impact our time here in different ways. Spend some time today contemplating how you are impacting the world around you and decide that you are going to pass your faith on to your future generations.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-5