Lately, I have been giving a great deal of thought to the difference between legacy & inheritance.
Inheritance is looked at from the vantage point of the receiver. Inheritance gifts your children with money & things. Inheritance may be squandered or multiplied.
Inheritance is temporal.
Legacy is determined by the viewpoint of the giver. Legacy demonstrates values & character. Legacy answers the question “What has been the theme of my life?”
Legacy gifts your children with roots & wings. Legacy equips your children for life & for death. Legacy has inter-generational transfer until Jesus come.
Legacy is eternal.
David gave an inheritance & a legacy to his son Solomon.
David’s inheritance was a kingdom.
David’s legacy was a passion for intimacy with God.
Solomon embraced both the inheritance & the legacy of his father.
Solomon’s desire as reflected in the book of Proverbs was
- that his children would listen to him
- that they would embrace the principles leading to a blessed life
- that they would listen to the Voice of Wisdom- the voice of God
- that they would would fear the Lord & walk in his Presence
What Will Be Your Legacy?
Originally published at The Designed Life.