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Legacy of Faith

Leaving an Eternal Inheritance

Last fall, I read the book Your Legacy by Dr. James Dobson and one of the quotes in this book changed my outlook as a parent. Dr. Dobson wrote,

“The objective to living is to pass on a heritage of faith to those you love and to be with them in eternity.”

Isn’t this the greatest inheritance you can give your child? I’m sure some of you reading this think that this is just crazy talk. There’s no eternity! What if you’re wrong?

Now, passing on an eternal faith to your child means that you yourself have an eternal faith. Think about it, as a parent you’re passing on some sort of faith to your child. Even if it is an unnoticeable faith, that is the faith you’re passing on to your child. So, the question you have to ask yourself is what it kind of faith are you passing along to your child? What kind of inheritance are you leaving?

You see, many of us just give lip service to our faith or we post some sort of spiritual quote or article on facebook and we think that speaks to our faith. But faith is more than that. Faith is surrendering to and putting your trust in Jesus Christ. Does your child see you do this? Faith is committing yourself to God. It is a decision to allow Him to be present in your life to guide you, to support you, and to rule every aspect of your life. Faith is throwing open the doors of your life and inviting God to enter, not merely as your guest, but as your Lord and Savior. Does your child see you do this? Faith is obedience to God. “By faith Abraham obeyed” (Hebrews 11:8). Faith is a willingness to trust and obey Him who has called us to faith in Him. Do your children see you being obedient to God? Finally, coming to faith doesn’t mean having a new idea. It means recognizing who God is, what He is like, and responding to Him in our hearts. As Christians, we don’t just believe, we believe in someone and it is our faith that links us to God. It is not just believing that He exists, it is about securing ourselves to him and knowing that no matter what challenges we face in this life, our faith will hold us firm to God. What kind of faith does your child see in you?

You see, in order for us as parents to pass on a heritage of faith to our children, they must see our faith. Faith is not meant to be passive, it is meant to be active and life changing. This kind of transforming faith can’t be taught to a child. It has to be witnessed and caught by the child. So, self-evaluation time, what kind of faith do you have? Is it a faith you want your child to catch?

This week, read Hebrews 1:1 – 12:3. The passage opens up with a definition of faith, “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). What this means is illustrated by the trust of the individuals mentioned in the remainder of the passage. Each of them believed that God could be trusted, and they acted on the basis of that faith. Each of us can learn from their example and trust God as they did.

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Greetings Friends!

A few weeks ago I was informed that I had written my 100th ManUp devotional. My intent in writing these devotionals was to share things that were on my mind or things that I was struggling with. My desire was to be as transparent about myself in the words I wrote, and more importantly, speak to the truth of scripture. I hope that I achieved those things in a way that was honoring to God. With these things said, I am writing this message to each of you to inform you that I will be suspending the “ManUp” devotional.

Over the past several months, I have been putting together a family ministry plan that will help parents and the church disciple the next generation. Jesus tells us to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). For me the first place to start making disciples is with my children. My first mission field is my home. One thing that became clear to me early on in my research is that most parents in the church are not discipling their children. Not because they don’t want to and not because they don’t think it is their responsibility. The reason that parents do not disciple their children is that they are unsure how to do it. In other words, they do not feel equipped to disciple their children. For me, that is cause for concern and the desire of my heart has transitioned into serving families and equipping them to impress within the hearts of their children a love for God.

So friends, going forward, my writings will be focused on families and parenting. It will be titled Legacy of Faith. If you do not want to receive the Legacy of Faith emails, please respond to this message and let me know.

It has been my joy serving you over the past 100 plus ManUp devotionals.

In His grace,
Tim

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Blame or Worship?

Something for you to ponder…..what would you do if you lost everything? How would you respond if everything was taken from you… your job, your bank account, your marriage, your children, your home; all gone? What would you do?

The Bible shares the experience of just such a man. He lost everything. His wealth, gone! His children, dead! He lost it all. What would you do in that moment? Waive a fist toward God? Curse Him? Walk away from Him? Not this man. You see, of him it is said that he was blameless and upright. He was one who feared God (Job 1:1). Even in the face of unfathomable tragedy, Job remained righteous. In fact, he fell to the ground and worshipped (Job 1:20) and through it all, Job did not hide his grief, he did not lose his faith, and he “did not sin or charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22). Job let his emotions show. He showed that he was human and loved his family. God created our emotions, and it is not inappropriate to express them as Job did. So, if you have ever experienced a deep loss, a disappointment, or a heartbreak, admit your feelings and grieve.

What in Job’s response strikes you as most extraordinary? How would you have responded if faced with a similar circumstance?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Be An Investor

Read John 4:1-45

Over the course of any given day, how many people do you interact with? 1, 5, 10, more? Now, think about how you can change a life, how you can change the world by investing in just one of those people. Would you do it? Would you take time out of your day to invest in them and their lives and make their world a better place?

You see, Jesus invested in people and changed lives. One of the longest conversations recorded in the gospels of Jesus investing in a life is found in John 4, which records a conversation between Jesus and a woman at a well. Now, this woman was a Samaritan and Jesus an Israelite, and Israelites generally despised Samaritans. But Jesus didn’t let this racial difference stop him from investing into the life of this woman. Now, people often assume that this woman was sexually immoral, because she had five husbands and the man she was with now was not her husband, but the story is more complex than that. In that day divorce was quite rare and when it did happen it was never initiated by a woman. So, in other words this was a woman who had been rejected, and rejected, and rejected by men. This woman was poor, she had no servants to fetch her water and to be with the man that was not her husband was quite possible her only means to survival.

But, none of these things mattered to Jesus. The fact that she was a woman of a different race didn’t matter to Jesus. He invested. The fact she had been rejected over and over again didn’t matter to Jesus. He didn’t think something was wrong with her; He invested. She was poor, but that doesn’t stop Jesus. He invested. He sat at a well and engaged this woman. He invested in her and changed her life and made her world and the world around her a better place. John 4:39-42.

So, who is the person you need to invest in? Maybe it’s an acknowledgement that a person even exists. Maybe it’s a phone call to say “I was thinking about you.” Maybe it’s sitting down and listening to what is going on in their life. Maybe it is praying with someone. Maybe it is as simple as asking, “How are you today?” and genuinely listening to their response. Whatever it looks like, don’t delay. Take the initiative today, and without any prejudice, invest in another life and watch how it changes the world.

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)