The Question that Really Matters
When you were a teenager I bet you never thought about your future grandkids huh? First off, when you are a teen it is all about right NOW not some distant time in the future.
In ancient cultures, like the Hebrews, they put a lot of emphasis on descendants and ancestry, and I used to not think that was very important, but to them it was everything!
In our story, Jacob (Israel) finally is reunited with his son Joseph and gets to meet his grandkids for the first time.
Jacob looks at his grandkids and offers them this blessing:
“May the God before whom my ancestors Abraham and Isaac walked,
the God who has been my shepherd all of my life and still to this day,
The messenger who has rescued me from all harm,
bless these boys.
And let my name be perpetuated through them,
as well as the name of my ancestors Abraham and Isaac,
And let them grow into a great multitude of people
throughout the world.
Jacob was so concerned with legacy and that his name would live on. Remember in our story Jacob didn’t start out great. He was a jerk to his family, a liar, a thief, and a tool. Still, God transformed his life and now at the end of his life Jacob wants them to have a deep connection with God like he did.
You might already be a grandparent, I am far away from it, but whether you are or aren’t what kind of legacy do you want to leave for them?
What would you think if your grandkids had the bad habits you struggle with?
What about if they have the same relationship with Jesus as you?
Whether you realize it or not, you are building a legacy for future generations today! So your decisions really do matter.
The question for all of us to think through today is:
What kind of legacy do I want to leave?