The Cloud of Witnesses
Former title Lessons From the People of the Bible
Lesson 5: Abraham – Passed The Baton
Don’t forget to leave a lasting legacy
Abraham lived 175 years – 75 after the birth of Isaac. As we saw in Chapter 22, Isaac was the ‘apple of his eye’, his treasured possession. However, we read that there was something else about Abraham that actually eclipsed his love for Isaac, and that was his love for God. God was Abraham’s friend and Abraham was God’s friend.
Abraham had lived long enough and had experienced enough of life to know that there is only one thing that really matters. Our relationship with God. Yes, we can enjoy this life and this world but neither has any real meaning outside of a relationship with God, our Creator. Anything else just degenerates into a selfish pursuit of happiness, which is totally illusive since it is based upon our volatile emotions.
Knowing what he did, that a relationship with God brings meaning and purpose to this life and a certain future in the life to come, Abraham had enough wisdom to share his faith with his family and his workers. Yes, it didn’t just happen – he was obviously intentional about it. How do we know? – Because he was successful at it!
He wanted to make sure that Isaac married a girl from a like-minded family – and definitely not one from the local tribes who were godless. Not only that, but he must have chatted about God wherever they went. His awe and reverence for God together with his simple trust in His word and promises spoke volumes to all those who came into contact with him, especially his own household.
We even find his servant praying to God for help in finding the right girl for Isaac and how God dramatically answered that prayer. Yes, Abraham wanted to pass on a legacy. A life of obedience to God, which always results in blessing to us and to those we mix with.
What are you doing about that?
Abraham would say to us today...
None of the achievements or accolades of this world will last a week after you are dead. So what are you doing about investing in eternity? That’s what really matters! Will your children serve God for the whole of their lives, even after you’re gone?
Father, please forgive us for concentrating so much on the here and now. Help us to see through the inconsequence of this world, to behold the eternal values and blessings of Heaven, and help us pass on to succeeding generations a hope and a vision that will inspire them to follow You to the very end. Amen.
Joshua 23 & 24:14-27; 1 Chronicles 28:1-21; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Matthew 28:19-20.
What are you passing on of eternal value to your children?
Jesus said – Make disciples. Are you?
What would you like to be remembered for and what are you doing to make sure that happens?