by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday June 17, 2005
Passing Along a Spiritual Heritage
What does God want us to leave as a lasting legacy for the next generation?
Investment in the Kingdom. Spending our money on pleasure and material things communicates to others the importance of our personal comfort and gain. Using some of it to benefit our local church, missionary efforts, and helping the needy is investing in God's kingdom. Our example will influence the spending habits of our children and grandchildren. Our finances—whether we have a lot or a little—can be used to leave a rich tradition for future generations. Kingdom investments will ensure that the gospel message continues to be shared.
Use of Our Time. God has determined our lifespan, blessed us with abilities, and provided opportunities to use them. He wants us to do good works that magnify Him. The time we spend at our jobs, in the community, and in our homes are occasions to bring praise to God. When we meet harshness with patience, criticism with kindness, and injustice with forgiveness, we have used our time for Him. God has also given us spiritual gifts to build up our church family. His priorities need to be ours.
Witness of Our Faith. When we have excitement about sharing our faith, we communicate to others how important we consider our spiritual life. Future generations will learn it is a priority by hearing what we have done.
The legacy we leave will be a reflection of the life we are living. For whatever number of years remain, choose to make yours full of generous actions, compassionate words, and loving obedience to God.
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