Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)
And yet Solomon says:
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, (Proverbs 13:22 NASB)
What’s up here? Should I be setting aside money so that I can leave an inheritance to my grandchildren?
Ok – A few (maybe obvious – but maybe not) observations.
In Matthew it is for yourself, in Proverbs it is for your grandchildren.
In Matthew they are treasures – which might indicate a heart issue beyond the care of those you will leave behind – VS – Solomon’s exhortation to set something aside so family is cared for into the future. Paul tells us in I Timothy 5:8 that if you don't take care of your family you are worse than an infidel, and this would include after your demise.
Inheritance can be so much more than money too. If you think of the financial blessing of an inheritance, its power is to give them a good starting point. My greatest desire would be that my kids would start their spiritual walk where mine ends.
Paul Simon sang “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor” and that is how it should be when we send our kids into the world, they should be able to start at the pinnacle of our faith. Some of us have the opinion that they should have to lay the same groundwork as we did, but that is not the way an inheritance works. An inheritance lays the groundwork so the next generation can start building the next floor. [Tweet This]
So – while I work on getting my finances in order so that someday there is something to leave my kids and their kids other than alone (or should I say a loan?) my prayer is that they will have a deep understanding (by my standards) of spiritual things, and soar with God to new heights.
~ and for the record – this works with spiritual kids too!
See you tomorrow.