During this autumn season, I would like to share a guest blog by Cathy Jacobs from “Passing the Legacy” ministry. Cathy shares with us that God has called grandparents for Such A Time As This. God wants grandparents to leave a godly legacy for their grand children with their prayers and pass on their faith in Jesus Christ.
If you are a grand parent with a “heart full” of grand children — whether they live down the street or across the county….
If you are a “grand parent in waiting” — that is, waiting for your grown children to get married and have children….
If you are one of those “dear” grand parents who has a special relationship with a young person in your church or in your community….
Then KNOW that God has called you for such a time as this!
It is not an accident, nor incident, that you are in this position. The Lord created YOU for this role. What God has designed and created, He is fully capable of equipping. He desires more than we can imagine for us, the GRAND parents, to pour out our influence, values and beliefs onto the next generations.
Your grand children and “grown children” live in a turbulent world — one that is very different from the world that you and I grew up in. It is a world that does not believe in an absolute Truth. Instead, the belief is that everything is relative. Each person is to figure for himself what he believes to be true. It might be biblical? More than likely, it is not.
It is urgent today for the older generation to step up to the plate and pass the legacy of faith in Christ to the next generations. If we don’t speak up, the spiritual healthiness of our families will be diminished. In the Old Testament we see the spiritual giants of Moses, Joshua and Caleb. But in one generation the presence of the Lord had almost vanished from their community. Why? The Bible tells us because the older generation failed to tell the next generation the stories/truths of God.
We MUST tell them! We must pass our faith in Christ to them!
Yet, many of us do not feel able to do that! It isn’t that we don’t have a heart for God’s truth to be in the lives of our children. In fact, many of us long for our children and grand children to have a tender heart for the Lord. Our heart has become heavy. We want to tell them. The issue is that we simply do not know how?
Pass the Legacy is a ministry designed to encourage and inform grand parents in their God-given role of passing faith in Christ to the next generations. By studying seven keys, grand parents can learn tools to equip them in sharing God’s love with their families. The first three keys focus on equipping your heart to reach your child’s heart. The last four keys give specific tools to enable you to impact your children and grand children. Never has there been a more important job to do!
Each of us will leave a legacy to our families. The question is what kind of legacy will you leave? By becoming informed and equipped, you can become the courageous GRAND parent God has called you to be and leave a powerful Biblical inheritance to the next generations.
For more information on passing your faith to your children and grand children, go to “Seven Keys for ‘Salty’ Grand Parents” at http://passthelegacy.wordpress.com.
Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network