Psalm 37:18-19 (AMP) The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their inheritance will continue forever. They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, and in the days of famine they will have plenty and be satisfied.
When I was a child, I spent weekends with my paternal grandparents. There are so many wonderful memories of time spent with them. My grandmother would fix all our favorite foods. Grandpa owned an ice cream truck that traveled up and down the beach selling frozen treats. Imagine having an ice cream parlor in the backyard. He would come home and ring the bell so that I could jump in his lap and drive the truck around back. Their home was a refuge during our parent’s divorce where my brother and I. I remember laying in my grandmother’s bed and declaring it heaven. The house was built to resemble a Spanish hacienda. With white plaster walls with cedar ceiling and really neat chandeliers. They would let us roller skate on their wood floors. I remember thinking as a kid in our mobile home thinking that if I grew up to have a house with wood floors that I would have made it in this life. I am happy to report I made it. I have a house with wood planked floors.
The legacy left by my grandmother and grandfather was far greater than the usual childhood memories as it was their influence that led me to Christ. My grandmother brought me to church each Sunday even the one that the Holy Spirit stirred in my belly drawing me to an altar to receive Him as my Savior. When my grandmother met her blessed Lord, the people came to offer their condolences. Each one shared how kind my grandmother was, giving and how very much she loved Jesus. This was her legacy. I now know that though wood floors are awesome, this is the inheritance I want to leave my children and now my grandchildren.
And their inheritance will continue forever.
By definition, a legacy is tied to an inheritance of some kind. Often the word “inheritance” is of a tangible form such as money, property or possessions. What is the inheritance that I will leave to my children? What is the legacy that I will give to our grandson and future grandchildren? In this world, many see this as something but I am beginning to understand that the inheritance best given is a legacy of character defined by Christ. My grandparents were humble people who had plenty of money. Yet they chose to live a frugal life. They only paid cash for everything. They bought one house and lived in it all their lives. They only owned used cars. They were savers and givers. However, none of that mattered in the end, the legacy of love, kindness and compassion is what lives on in us. What will live on about you?
Our soul is the only part of our being that will not die. Our soul must prosper. Prosperity of the soul is found in Christ alone. The all sufficiency of His Grace that gives us access to God the Father and a place in Heaven forever is where our inheritance is discovered and how we administer it here on earth will determine our legacy. When busyness becomes our master, the becoming created by Christ is abandoned because the investment of time is all taken up. We must pay attention to our inheritance in Christ because it will become the legacy of our children and grandchildren. Maybe natural children are not in the picture for you, that’s okay too because your life is on purpose and the great commission declares that people are part of your destiny. The inheritance of God for us is found by a prospering soul and seldom through prosperity in life. Financial gain and influence only magnifies the contents of our heart. It is a tool given to facilitate productivity and generosity. However, if our heart and soul are conflicted or not set on the Kingdom all this gain becomes loss. The Lord will never bless and prosper our life at the cost of our soul.
Psalm 16:5-11 (AMP) The Lord is the portion of my inheritance, my cup [He is all I need]; You support my lot. The [boundary] lines [of the land] have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my heart (mind) instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my innermost self] rejoices; my body too will dwell [confidently] in safety, for You will not abandon me to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
It is vitally important to take inventory of our inheritances now. To evaluate our earning in life through the Word of God led by the Spirit of God to determine if it is indeed Kingdom legacy being cultivated in our life and not just stuff. The principles of sowing and reaping are natural and spiritual. Do not get them confused. If you sow in this world according to the Word, you will produce a harvest. Like begets like. However, if it is a spiritual inheritance that you desire and a legacy of God’s Love for your children and their children, it is important to make sure that you are sowing in the Kingdom. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. It is up to me and you to decide how we use the greatest gift of all which is time.
I have a house with wood floors. In my childlike perception of life – I now have it all but I am no longer a child. I must put away childish and immature things. I am an adult. I am a woman with a husband, children and a grandchild. To be spiritually mature means that what I know about God must become the reality of my life. I have a responsibility to leave a lasting legacy that points to the Father through the Son. The kind that demonstrates the value of Christ in my life. How will I know when I have it? First, thankfulness and contentment will guard a life lived in soul satisfaction. Second, good fruit will be found in my home, children, church, job and every other place I put my hand and foot because I do all things as unto the Lord and live in alignment with His Will on the earth. Third, when I meet Jesus face-to-face – He will know me and say, “Well, done though good and faithful servant.” The sowing of our life should harvest a legacy that always points to the Lord and His Faithfulness. It is an intentional life marked by confident hope and constant faith. I have a long way to go. This will be my legacy.