Leaving a Legacy of Faith
by Carl Caton
My son is turning thirteen next week. Unlike most birthdays, this one will be special. I'm inviting five men to join him at a special birthday dinner at a restaurant. During our meal, each man will have a few moments to share some things they admire about Chad. And when we're done, we will do something that will change this young man's life forever. We'll say, "Chad, you're a man now".
Sound trivial? Not at all. In fact, this is a crucial ingredient in a young man's life. It is his "passage" into manhood. I know it sounds primitive but cultures have been doing this for thousands of years. And when a young man hears that he is accepted into the company of men, something dramatic changes inside. This young man won't have to go out and prove he is a man. He can just simply grow up and begin accepting responsibility for his life.
I built homes for many years. During those years, I marveled at the thought of my work standing there for a hundred years. Now I see how short-lived that really is. "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (Ja. 4:14) If you want your work to count for generations, then invest your time in building up your sons and daughters. A legacy of faith is something that you can leave behind for generations to come. As a father, there is nothing more important in my life than passing down a Godly heritage to my kids.
In my mind, I can see this group of men sitting at a restaurant with Chad
this weekend. Around us, other diners might think it's just another birthday party for a thirteen year old. But in God's eyes, it will be an enormous milestone - a landmark in the training up of a young man who will be a great man in God's kingdom.
Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
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