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January 9, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.”—Psalm 127:3-4 (NKJV)
A heritage is a possession or something handed down. The institution of the family was God’s idea, and He gave us the beauty of family as a possession.
God gifted you with the heritage of family relationships. His purposes and plans for each family member are to build a strong and healthy society. Each member carries an important responsibility. Parents are to teach and lead their children in the Lord. Children are to follow and obey parents in the Lord as they grow toward adulthood.
Here are some important things to consider:
First, thank God for your heritage. James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes from Him, so thank Him for creating you, giving you parents, and for siblings if you have any.
Second, thank God for the parents He gave you. You are somebody’s child, and Ephesians 6:2-3 (NKJV) says to honor your father and mother. This commandment comes with a promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” While there are no perfect parents, God chose your specific mother and father to bring you into the world for a God-given purpose. Honoring them for who they are brings God’s blessing upon you.
Third, if you are a parent or hope to be one, thank God. Children are a divine gift from God. They are also a divine treasure, so they are special and of great value. They are a divine trust, so they are to be cared for and to be protected.
Before Jacob passed from this life to the next, he blessed his children. You can richly bless your children and grandchildren by praying for them and helping them now, and until the day you are called to glory.
We are to bless God for all his benefits and great inheritance to us. He is a God who blesses us so we will be a blessing to others, especially those in our family.
DIG: Study Psalm 127-128 and consider your life, your blessed heritage, and your responsibilities.
DISCOVER: If your parents are living, consider ways to bless them. If you have children, how can you bless them?
DISPLAY: Tell your loved ones that you value and love them. Tell them face-to-face or write a note.