…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
One of my most memorable reads …. simple & true …
Leaving a comfortable salary and position to venture into a faith-supported ministry is a challenging transition. There have been times when the magnitude of our career and lifestyle change has weighed heavily on me.
One sunny New Zealand afternoon, I tossed a Frisbee to my son Johnny. As he ran along the warm sand to save the rolling disk from the approaching waves, I noticed with pride how he was growing up. At the same time, I was struck with a myriad of uncertainties as I suddenly thought, “What will we have for him, Lord? On our little income, what inheritance will there be for Johnny or for our girls?”
I am certain there are some questions that God has waited a long time for me to ask just so He can enthusiastically seize the “teaching moment”. With almost overwhelming force, I felt God respond, “You are your son’s inheritance.”
I struggled to understand these intriguing words. As I looked down the broad beach that seemed to stretch from the base of Mt. Maunganui to forever, I asked the Lord, “What do you mean?”
“If Johnny learns from you how to love Me, his wife and his family, how to keep promises and work hard, how to make friends, laugh at himself and not let failure dissuade him from pursuing success, how much money will he need?”
As I pondered, I answered,”He won’t need great wealth, Lord. He will be okay. He will be an honorable, successful and happy man”.
To drive the lesson home, God continued, “And if he does not learn these things from you, how much money will be enough to make up for the pain and heartache that he will face?”
I am amazed at how long it can take for us to understand life’s realities. God created gold out of nothing. For Him, it is so common that He uses it as paving material in heaven. The Bible makes it clear that our real inheritance has nothing to do with the material trappings of this world but rather has to do with the eternal treasures of relationships.
Source: John Rush , Abbe Anderson, The Man With the Bird on His Head: The Amazing Fulfillment of a Mysterious Island Prophecy, YWAM Publishing, 2007.
Proverbs 13:22 (NIV)
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, …
Proverbs 1:8,9 (NLT)
8 My child, listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
9 What you learn from them
will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
Hine e Hine (Maori lullaby)
You are weeping, Little girl, darling girl
you are weary, Little girl, darling girl
Be sad no longer, There is love for you
in the heart of the Father,Little girl, darling girl
Psalm 78:1-8 (NIV)
O my people, listen to my instructions.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
2 for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
3 stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
4 We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
5 For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
6 so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles
and obeying his commands.
8 Then they will not be like their ancestors—
stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful,
refusing to give their hearts to God.
Proverbs 13:22 (NIV)
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.