The thing about the 1 Chronicles is that it starts off with a very long list of people. Now, last time I wrote about genealogies here and why they aren’t just a list of names. And just when I thought the list of names is over, tonight I read about the descendants (not of the sun but) of David and Judah.
Now, after knowing who came from who, I am bombarded with the sons of people, and their sons, and their sons. But why did it have to be written in a different manner? Why didn’t it just continue the way the first 2 chapters were written? I thought deeply and came up with this assumption. God values your descendants. And I am not just talking about your biological descendants, but also the people who follow you, the people who grew under your care, the people you trained perhaps, or the people you mentor. In the same way that our God values our descendants, we should also value them. Here are three reasons why:
- Your descendants will inherit what you have. We all won’t live forever, sooner or later we are going to bite the dust and leave this earth. The people living after you are now left with what you leave them with. For example, imagine a father writing his last will and is partitioning everything he has to all his children. Now in the same way, we are not going to be in season forever. Sometimes, situation causes you to leave. The question is have we taught them enough to steward what we leave them with? Will they waste away a generation of victories? Or will they build on it even more? It is important that we teach them the right values so that when it is their turn they would know how steward the things they inherit from us.
- Your descendants will be the ones leading the future. They say that the future leaders can be found in the next generation, which is true. So it is important that we see our descendants as the future. So it is important that we look at what we teach them, and how we teach it to them. What they learn now becomes knowledge that they will use to decide in the future. If we expect them to make good decisions, then we must teach them good things and no source of good things can ever beat the Bible. That is why it is important to teach them how to read, meditate, and seek God in the Word.
- Your descendants will continue what you started. Chances are we aren’t going to finish what we started, especially when that which we have started is something huge. So, it is up to our descendants to continue on. For them to continue what you started, it is important that you pass on to them the reason you are doing it. We need to pass on what we see in the future that drives us to do what we do. It is important that we pass on to the next generation our vision. If we don’t then the next people in line, might a.) not continue what you are doing, b.) do it, but do it totally differently or c.) do the opposite because they do not like what you did.
When Jesus went up to heaven, He left us with everything we need to do what we need to do. He taught us what we need to know so that we can do. And He left us with vision so big that it transcends one lifetime. In the same way, let us make sure that our descendants, the people that will live after us, will be left with values to guide them, taught with wisdom and knowledge to direct and help them lead, and a vision that will drive them to continue what should be continued.