“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him”( Psalm 127:3).

Children are a reward from God. That’s an interesting way of looking at them. They are a “heritage,” a “reward;” obviously God puts a pretty high value on our children. But, what’s the reward for; what did we do? We usually have to do something to get a reward and not just something–something good. You can call Crime Stoppers and get a reward. You can find the person whose face is on the milk carton and get a reward. You can be part of a winning team and get a reward. But, God gives us our children as a reward irrelevant of any actions on our part.

So, then, why does God consider them a reward? God counts them as rewards because through them He gives us the opportunity to be greater than ourselves. We can only accomplish so much in our lifetime but when we invest in the lifetimes after us we can do so much more. Unlike a plastic trophy or money that is quickly spent, sons, our children, are a heritage that will continue on long after we are gone. God even made them to look like us and act like us and as we reflect God’s image and likeness to the world around us, our children will reflect ours.

So, men, what image are you giving them to reflect? How do you want your heritage to look? Whatever that heritage is it will be a reflection of how you lived your life. Well, that puts a very high value on them!

God doesn’t just abandon us to this task. He told Solomon, “As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as your father David did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever” (1 Kings 9:4-5).

It’s simple, men; live your life with integrity in everything you do, and teach your children to do the same and God will take care of the heritage.

“Sons are a heritage from the Lord; children are a reward from him.” Through them, God gives us the opportunity to shine.


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