Topic: Generational Blessings [Tuesday June 26, 2018]
Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-5 (KJV)
Key Verse: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also” (2 Timothy 1:5).
In the Pentecostal circles, people have come to use such words as ‘generational curse’ to mean repeated cases of ill-fated situations that might have been running through the family lines from an older generation to another. While Christians need to be wary of such sweeping generalisations, we must also be aware that one can indeed inherit or pass on generational blessing, rather than a curse.
Timothy, a young man whose father was Grecian and considered a Gentile by the Jews, was blessed with a Jewish grandmother Lois, who took her time to pass her faith to her daughter, Eunice who in turn, extended the blessing of knowing God to her son, Timothy, who later became a bishop to the entire city of Ephesus. What a legacy!
Many parents labour to leave behind a worthy heritage of houses, cars or a fat bank account to their children. But someone said whatever we live for our children as inheritance can never be equal to what we leave in them. From the patriarch Abraham to others who came after him, the knowledge of the true God had been preserved by passing the blessings from one generation to another. Although Isaac got much blessings from Abraham, he became richer than his father. He sent his son, Jacob, away with nothing to a faraway land, Padanaram, with nothing but “the blessings of Abraham”. Mind you, Jacob succeeded with much affluence to account for.
Whatever blessings we have and hope to bequeath to our children after us would not be complete until we leave with them the legacy of the faith in Jesus Christ. Every other property can be plundered or taken away; but no one can take away the faith, virtues, values, knowledge or godliness we leave within them.
Thought For The Day: Legacy inculcated within offspring are greater than properties left behind.
Bible Reading In One Year: 1 Kings 15:25-16:34; 2 Chronicles 17
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.