Future Generations, Future Blessings.

As parents, if we live for God, our blessings will be passed down to our children and subsequent generations.

         In this week’s message, Pastor Jimmy made the statement above.  Its context was in regards to Solomon—David’s son and recognized as the wisest man who ever lived.  Solomon had big shoes to fill.  After all, his father was known as “a man after God’s own heart.”  Although Solomon failed God towards the end of his life, he left behind much that we can admire and much that we can learn from.

         The statement that the way I live now will affect my children and future generations is something that I have thought about frequently.  I come from a family that has a Godly Christian heritage.  Both my parents are believers as are all of my grandparents.  My grandmother even played the organ at one of Billy Graham’s early revivals.  I am blessed to follow in the footsteps of the ones who came before me.  In the same way, I have been blessed in this life with a wonderful wife, beautiful children, my health and my salvation.

         But the same foundation that has been laid for me I must continue to be lay for my children.  I often look at my kids and wonder what plans God has for them.  I am then reminded that I must fervently pray for them and their future.  I must walk according to God’s will for my life both to give them an example to follow and also to pass on the blessings that God has given me. 

         Many of us are resigned to the fact that we will face the consequences of our actions. In some ways we believe that we can handle that.  But it becomes a different story when our children and grandchildren have to suffer because of our sin.  That is the problem with sin; it taints everything around it.  There are many stories in the Bible of the effects of one person’s disobedience being passed down from generation to generation.

         I would urge you this week to consider the effects of your walk with God on your family.  Are you living in such a way that God will bless you and as a result those blessings can’t help but overflow on to those around you?  Or are you living in a way that is displeasing to God and the effects of that are seeping into your family life?

         What you and I do here and now has echoes in eternity.  The way we choose to live can be a blessing or a curse on our children and grandchildren.  Make the choice today to be a father or mother that passes on blessings to future generations.

Father, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a blessing to others long after I am home with You.  Help my life to be a shining example for those I love to follow.  Help me to walk this day according to your purpose and plan and to follow you in obedience.  Bless me as you said you would and let those blessings flow down to the ones I love.  In Jesus name, Amen.