When someone else does all that work

Genesis 26:4-5 “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”

dad workingDon’t you hate it when someone else doesn’t do their share of the work and you have to pick up the slack?  That really drives me crazy!  It happens sometimes, though.  For some of you, it happens all the time.  But what about those times where someone else does most of the work and you benefit… score!  We all love that.  Sometimes it takes a lot of hard work to get something started and those that come after benefit.  Those people who come after should feel blessed.

Isaac was one of those people.  God tells Isaac in Genesis 26 that he will be greatly blessed.  Pay special attention to why he is going to be blessed: his daddy obeyed God and kept His requirements, commands, decrees, and laws.  In other words, because Abraham was faithful, Isaac was blessed.  His Father’s righteous life resulted in HIS blessed future.

Parents, you too, can pass on a great inheritance to your children.  I find it remarkable that the promise made to Isaac had nothing to do with Isaac, but had everything to do with the way Abraham lived his life.  What you do NOW matters.  There are spiritual blessings to be passed on; there is a heritage coming that you may not even be able to see.  Run the race, fight the good fight, and stand firm in the Lord… not just for yourself, but for generations to come.

*What promises does God have in store for your children because of YOUR life?

Work harder, not smarter?

1 Kings 2:1-4 ​When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’

(This one is mostly for the men out there, although it applies to everyone.)  We’ve all heard the old saying: work smarter, not harder?  Well I personally believe we should work both smarter and harder, but whatever.  The point is, wisdom tells us to think about what we are doing so that we don’t wear ourselves out with work that is pointless.  We practice this principle at our jobs, our ministries, and our sports endeavors; but I wonder if we practice it in our homes?

David was a wise man who gave some great advice to his son, who by the way became the wisest man who ever lived.  His advice? Son, it’s not so much about what you accomplish while you are on the throne.  The quantity of your work isn’t what is going to matter in the long run.  What really matters is that your descendants serve the Lord with their whole hearts.  If you can instill that in the generations to come, our family will always be on top. 

Now for some reason, men in our culture have put much more stock in what we accomplish today than what will matter tomorrow. We have relegated the responsibility of raising our kids to our wives, schools, sunday school teachers, and disney TV shows. We would rather they “go find something to do” than interact with them on a personal level.  It’s not okay, people.  It’s NOT OKAY! 

We must take a cue from David.  It’s not about what I accomplished at work today.  It’s not about the wars I will win or the money I will make.  It’s about me investing in the next generation.  It is about me taking an active role in preparing them to serve the Lord with all their heart and soul.  Someday, my great-great grandchildren will be on top because of it.