Daily Devotional
Leaving a Legacy for Your Family

“For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.”

Psalm 78:5-7

Ponder This

Children don’t make a rich man poor; they make a poor man rich. The rich man can’t take his money to Heaven, but I’m taking my kids to Heaven. I’m taking my grandkids too. We’re going to Heaven. This is our wealth. How is our faith to be carried on? From generation to generation.

When my first boy was born, I was a student in college. He wasn’t happenstance; he was planned. But thank God for the happenstance—they’re planned also. We wanted to begin our family, and we did, and God gave us a boy. We named him Steve, after Stephen in the Bible. When I looked at that little red face, I saw my wife, kissed her, and thanked her for going down into the valley of the shadow of death to bring life into the world. Then I dropped to my knees, and I wept. I said, “Oh God if I never amount to much, if I fail as a pastor, if I don’t know how to preach, if I am never heard of—oh God, make me a good daddy. Make me a man of God that my children can look up to.”

  • How have you invested in creating a legacy of faith, whether you have children or not?
  • Who has left a legacy of faith with you?

Practice This

Think about three people you can invest in and pray for to continue the legacy of faith you have received.


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