“The objective to living is to pass on a heritage of faith to those you love and to be with them in eternity.” Dr. James Dobson
This quote by Dr. Dobson has become foundational for me as a father as well as my focus for ministry. I believe that the most important thing that we can do for the next generation is to leave a legacy of faith. A good example of leaving a legacy of faith is what Paul said to Timothy, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5). Lois was a woman of great faith who passed that faith on to her daughter, Eunice, who in turn passed that faith on to her son, Timothy. Now that is a legacy of faith!
Two generations from now, will there be anybody spreading the faith in because of you? Did you pass on your trust in God to anyone else? Will a legacy of faith be left because of spiritual deposits you left in the lives of others?
Well, you can’t leave a legacy of faith until you know what faith is. What is faith? To get a clear idea of what faith is you have to
go to and read Hebrews 11 which is God’s hall of fame for faith. The first thing we read is, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). So, faith is believing without seeing. Faith is believing when I don’t see it. Faith is visualizing the future. It is seeing things in advance. It is believing it before you see it. People often say, “seeing is believing”, but faith is the opposite. You have to believe first and then you will see.
This is the way it is for us who desire to leave a legacy of faith for the next generation. We will not be able to leave a legacy of faith and spend eternity with our children without first having faith. We have to believe first. When we do this, we will see the fruit of our faith in the next generation and the generation after that, and so on.
So, is your faith directed toward what you can see or what you can’t see? Is your faith focused on the here and now or is it future focused? Are you prepared to leave a legacy of faith?
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“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37