So, can this kind of spiritual legacy still exist today?
Let me tell you a story.
Ava was saved fairly early on in life, and when she had a daughter, she prayed for her salvation.
Elnora, her daughter, went to a tent revival in East Nashville where Billy McIntosh was speaking. That night, she gave her heart to the Lord and became a committed disciple. She brought her own children to church.
Around the age of 9 or 10 years old, Ronald realized he needed to be baptized in water because he wanted to show to the world that Jesus lived in his heart. When he was 15 years old, God called him to be a pastor.
Cornelia got connected with church in her hometown in Vermont as a teenager and gave her life to Jesus. She went to a Bible Institute to learn more about God’s Word. She always had a burden for family, to make sure that her daughter knew the Lord. And so she taught and encouraged Margery from a very young age to believe in Jesus.
After hearing about Him from infancy, after listening to preacher on the radio, Margery told Cornelia, “I want to give my heart to Jesus.” She was 4 years old. From that moment on, Margery always talked about going into the ministry, teaching or becoming a pastor. When she was a teenager, that call to serve in the ministry was renewed.
Ronald and Margery met in Bible College and after their marriage, moved to New England to start pastoring and teaching. Serving side by side in the church, they raised their children.
Lydia grew up listening to the Bible being taught and hearing Jesus loves her all the time. She prayed with her parents and knew her parents prayed for her. She learned that Jesus cared for her in every situation and gave her a peace in the midst of the pressures of life. Jesus became everything to her–Friend, Savior, Lord.
I’m sure you’ve figured it out. This is my spiritual legacy. This is the gift I’ve inherited from my family. Is spiritual legacy still possible? Absolutely! It’s alive and well. And I’m doing all I can to give this precious gift to my boys.
Not everyone comes from the same background. Remember Rahab? She didn’t come from family with a spiritual legacy. But what a legacy she became part of! Be encouraged by Lois and Eunice’s faith and commitment to their boy, Timothy. Lois and Eunice were strong examples of sincere faith even when their community was focusing on pagan worship and whatever else. We, too, can be strong examples to our children. Determine today to start (or continue) the most important inheritance your children could receive. Give them the gift of Jesus.
(2 Timothy 1:2-5, Acts 16: 1-3, 2 Timothy 3:14-17)