Monday, June 19, 2006

Proverbs 13:22: A Fitting Inheritance

This is the 200th post to this blog. Wow. Here are a few notes from the sermon yesterday. Had a lot of positive comments about it, so thanks everyone.

Text: Proverbs 13:22
Sermon in a Sentence: Good men leave a fitting inheritance to their children and grandchildren

The Amplified Bible: "A good man leaves an inheritance of moral stability and goodness to his children’s children."

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative,
  • 24 million children (34%) live absent their biological father.
  • About 40% of children in father-absent homes have not seen their father at all during the past year; 26% of absent fathers live in a different state than their children; and 50% of children living absent their father have never set foot in their father's home.
  • Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.
  • Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
* The question then is, what constitutes a fitting inheritance for them? I want to share with you regarding *estate planning from a spiritual perspective.

Leaving a spiritual legacy:
1. Loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength AND loving your neighbor as yourself.

2. An example of living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

3. A reverence for Scripture as being from God himself, plus the example of a man who consistently studied and applied the truths of the Bible.

4. The memory of a praying father, who for the most part was quite comfortable in God’s presence.

5. The example of a marriage where your dad and mom over the course of their lives shared love in a beautiful and unusual way. So pay heed to the secrets I share, such as waiting to marry until it’s someone who holds to your Christian commitments, and keeping not only your body but your mind reserved exclusively for your marriage partner (even when you’re mad at him or her) and concentrating on how to please the one you love.

6. A picture of a man who truly loved the church and gave himself for its advancement.

7. A life of active giving. I have come to see myself as a servant of God, whose main job is to please my master in the use of all the resources he has given me.

8. A working understanding of the fruit of the Holy Spirit: Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

9. A dad who spends precious time doing nothing but being with his children and grandchildren.

10. The sure hope of a glorious reunion in eternity following the resurrection of the just. What a family gathering that’s going to be! The Lord will be there too, so whatever you do, don’t miss it!

* In a simple sentence: Good men leave a fitting inheritance to their children and grandchildren