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Introduction of Legacy

Devotion Text

2 Timothy 2:1-2

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Our oldest daughter calls it the “death box.” It’s a metal box that contains our passports, birth certificates, important papers, and our will. We have told Brittany, “If anything ever happens to us, be sure to go through the box.” Every once in a while, she’ll ask, “Where are you keeping the death box these days?” Now, believe me, when we go, we aren’t leaving much behind, but the most important things don’t fit in the box.

In this passage, Paul gives Timothy the instruction of legacy. Paul passed on the things that he received so that the recipients could continue the “passing on” process. Timothy, Paul’s spiritual son, had heard the truth from Paul’s lips and watched it being worked out in his life. Now it was Timothy’s turn to entrust the truth to faithful and reliable people who, in turn, would do the same. The future of the gospel depends on this process of entrustment.

So, parents, how are you doing? What are you passing on to your children? Your good looks? Your sense of humor? A nice little inheritance? All that is fine, but it’s temporal stuff. Our job is to pass on the eternal. Don’t you want your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to have more than the family business and the vacation home?

Talking to God

Lord, drill deep into our souls the conviction of what is eternally important. Help us pass on what is of eternal value and squelch anything that isn’t. In Christ’s name. Amen.

 


 

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