"Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."
Ever wonder about the value of that old vase you inherited – the one stuck in a corner of your attic? Programs such as The Antiques Roadshow are popular in part because so many people seek the answer to questions like that.
A heritage is more than an item passed down from those who came before us. The Bible tells us children are also a heritage. Some translations use the word gift. Unlike a vase or a piece of jewelry, children are also a great responsibility, bringing deep joy and deep frustration, often within the same hour!
Children bring something else, too. Their relationship with us allows us to mirror our relationship with the Lord. We want our children to love, trust, and obey us, just as God wants us to love, trust, and obey Him. While we may indeed make sacrifices for our children, God sacrificed His Son, Jesus, to reconcile His enemies – you and me – to Him. Who among us would sacrifice our own child for the good of our enemies? Now God calls us to share this heritage of love with the children in our lives.
Do you view your children as a heritage from the Lord? Share the gift of love with the children in your life!