I came across this devotional this morning on Charles Stanley's website and wanted to share it...
The word inheritance leads people to think of possessions, property, and money to be divided among family members. As believers, we must contemplate the spiritual heritage we leave behind. A spiritual inheritance is not a denominational tie or pet doctrine, but rather the set of principles that govern our life.
Faith is handed down by instructing children in the ways of God. Biblical teaching—expressed not just in words but also in actions—should permeate our life and home. Making a show of opening a large, leather Bible isn't nearly as effective as a lifestyle that reflects godly principles; instruction is most constructive when it occurs naturally over dinner or during an outing. Never miss an opportunity to weave God's truth into everyday conversation. As Moses explained, "talk about [God's laws] when you sit at home and when you walk along the road" (v. 7 NIV). Sharing personal experiences of God's provision teaches that He is trustworthy.
Many parents want to pass down their faith but are unsure how to begin. An excellent starting point is discussing matters of interest or concern to our sons and daughters. Ask questions and listen to their stories and opinions. Approach them with an open mind and willing ears instead of judgment and chastisement. Then you will learn where their ideas originate and can guide them to see how God fits into their daily life.
The greatest inheritance we can leave our children is not money or property, but a godly example.