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"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full", John 15:11.
  • "A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren." Proverbs 13:22

    When one first reads this Scripture verse, one of the first things to come to mind is that of leaving an inheritance of money. Who wouldn't like to receive a sizable inheritance of tens of thousands of dollars from a rich father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, aunt or uncle?

    I once attended the reading of a will of a very wealthy businessman I had known for two years. I attended the probation of his will because our church had been included in his estate. This man had owned his own manufacturing company in Chicago, and his stock portfolio would rival that of any Wall Street broker. His will gave specific instructions and directed that his estate be divided among various worthwhile charities. One of which was our church. He granted seven percent of his entire estate to the church, a church he had never attended, but who's pastor had once visited the man in his home in an attempt to lead the man to faith in Christ.

    Most of his estate was earmarked for various charities: The American Cancer Society, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and various hospitals. Finally, he included his mistress, and his three biological children.

    One can only imagine the shock on the faces of the three adult children when they each discovered that their father had left them a tidy sum of $10.00 each. Truth is stranger than fiction.

    Now back to the inheritance you will leave your grandchildren. It may be financial riches, or it may be the tidy sum of $10.00 per grandchild. Since most people are not in a position to be able to leave tens of thousands of dollars to anyone, what is a person to do?

    The best gift you can leave is not money. The best gift you can leave is to leave them a vibrant spiritual inheritance. Leave them with the knowledge that they are loved unconditionally. Live such an example of the Christian life if front of them that they will want to have a relationship with the Lord. Leave them knowing that you have and will continue to pray for them by name for as long as you live. Leave them with written messages of love such as cards and letters. Leave them with an inheritance that will influence them for many years to come.

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