Inheritance is important. Good fathers desire to leave something behind for their children (Prov. 13:22). Old Testament law even regulated the passing down of a father’s possessions (Deut. 21:15-17; Num. 27:8-11). As fathers, what sort of inheritance would we like to see our children get?
Material Possessions. There is nothing wrong with money, if possessed and used in godly ways. The Lord certainly wants us to provide for our families (1 Tim. 5:8). However, Paul also warned Timothy that the “love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6:10), and Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24). So while we certainly can be interested in provided a material inheritance for our children, we must also be aware that riches will grow wings (Prov. 23:5). Worldly possessions will rust, and are subject to the thievery of men (Matt. 6:20). A material inheritance can be good for our families, but isn’t there something better?
Eternal Possessions. While fathers cannot literally pass down eternal life to their children, they can certainly influence their children towards it! We can store up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:20), and in so doing set the right example for our children. Fathers are tasked with the responsibility of bringing up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). In so doing, we can pass down to our children a legacy of faith that could last them for eternity!
Fathers, it is good to provide for our family’s physical wellbeing. But the greatest legacy you can leave your children is faith in God and a Christian example that will span the ages!