Leaving a Spiritual Inheritance

When you receive an inheritance, you are freely getting what someone else already paid a price for. For instance, your parents worked hard, sacrificed and made do with little just so that you can have an easier life than they ever had, and they can leave something behind for you to enjoy when they’re gone. They paid a price; you got it for free.

The principle for spiritual inheritance works the same way: someone else paid a price to get the breakthrough that we are now living in. For instance, Martin Luther endured persecution so that future generations enjoy the fruits of Reformation: an assurance of salvation by grace through faith alone.

What does it mean, then, for you to leave a personal spiritual inheritance to the next generation? What inheritance am I leaving to my children’s children? What stories will they tell of us?

Jesus came to bring the gospel of the Kingdom through us – transformation, forgiveness, healing, deliverance and abundant life. In light of what we received, that we need to have a life of impact, character and sacrifice so that we have something to give as inheritance. We can’t leave something to our descendants what we never experienced or have. We want to have an increasing bank of personal testimonies of breakthrough in the miraculous, so that it becomes our lifestyle and passion. We need to invest in and be willing to pay the price to leave this for the next several generations. Then we need to teach AND train our children to live the same way, and for them look ahead to several generations after them!

Psalm 78:3-4
We’ve heard true stories from our fathers about our rich heritage.
  We will continue to tell our children and not hide from the rising generation the great marvels of our God—
  his miracles and power that have brought us all this far.

Psalm 71:17-18
Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.