“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
Psalms 127:1-5 NKJV
The coming of Mother’s day sometimes brings me sorrow, as my beloved mom went home to be with the Lord many years ago. These days, I find myself reflecting on her legacy of faith, acted out before me for so many years. I remember her constant prayers for me and for the rest of the family, her soft singing of hymns, sometimes barely audible, but always heard.
In her life, there had been many storms, as she battled mental illness for half her life. I learned a lot about God in watching her, as she dealt with the grueling hardships dealt her by a harsh world. She taught me that Jesus could be counted on, that He is faithful in the storm, for He was the sure and steady anchor in her life.
Reading Psalm one hundred twenty seven, reminded me that it is God that builds the house, as He is the strength that holds the whole structure together. My mother leaned on the Lord, and I have inherited that legacy from her.
One of the saddest realities of my life as an intercessor, is the number of children of fellow believers who have left the faith. Sadder still, is that many of them never knew the Lord to begin with. It casts light on the necessity for the Lord to build then house and the family.
Many seek to place the Lord and His word into a compartment, opened on Sunday, but left closed the rest of the week. Their lives reflect the world around them and not the God of the Bible. The run about distracted by so many things, seldom pausing to consider Jesus. Their children are watching the whole time.
Those little eyes see the compromises, godlessness, and those little ears hear all the gossiping, the slander and the mocking espoused by their parents, and come to the realization that this God their parents profess to worship on Sunday, has no impact on their day to day lives.
““And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NKJV
One can be vigilant in seeking do all the things that one might think are needed to guard the home, but if the Spirit is not in it, it will all come to naught. The work of faith can be hard and filled with toil, but all is ineffective. True faith, build upon the word and filled with the Holy Spirit, is much easier.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.””
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
The joy of following Jesus is that the burden is truly light, if one is willing to follow. My mother followed, and I learned much, especially that the Lord is all I need. I learned the importance of legacy, of walking out faith in truth.
I often tell people that we who are the followers of Jesus are being watched. Decisions with he weight of life and death are being made based on what they see.
Brothers and sisters, who hav been blessed with children, remember that you are creating a legacy, whether you intend to or not. You can leave your children a legacy full of a life where your attention is away from God, or you can build a legacy of faith.
I can say that God has truly given you a gift, a glorious opportunity to raise up arrows that can be shot at the evil one. We are nearing the time of the great harvest, and there is need of many workers. May those of your household be raised to reach the world for Jesus.
May they be bold in the faith, filled with the Holy Spirit upon coming to the faith, that they be a blessed to share the Good News with those in opposition. Let us also urge those who are reluctant to be bold, encouraging them as Paul encouraged Timothy:
“I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
II Timothy 1:3-7 NKJV
My mother was my forerunner, my model for intercession. I learned to love God through her. May each us be forerunners for those who come after us.
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