The Heirlooms of a Christian Home
The Heirloom of Salvation
By faith Noah,
being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
by the which he condemned the world
and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Do you have a treasured possession/heirloom that was given you by someone dear to your heart? Maybe it was passed down through several generations, or maybe itâs a recent gift, or perhaps you have a sentimental object you hope to pass on to your own children, grandchildren, treasured friendâ¦
A necklace? A photo? A ring? â¦.
Doesnât the mere thought of it invoke precious memories, and by passing it on to someone else, is it not the same goal? There is nothing wrong with keeping mementoes around as reminders. We are forgetful people and those simple objects are an easy way to jog our memories and to help maintain special bonds.
My husband has a beautiful, large, cobalt blue cup that his mother gave him. It is trimmed in gold and emblazoned with the official insignia of his favorite car manufacturer. When she died August 2004, he took it out of common use and placed it on a shelf as a reminder of the precious woman who gave him physical life. The cup isnât really valuable, but the memories it triggers are priceless. I am sure he hopes to pass it on as an heirloom to one of our children some day, and I am sure it will be precious to them too as they love their grandmother.
The Bible has many references to heirs in the physical and spiritual sense, but for the purpose of this lesson, letâs focus on the spiritual applications. As you read, keep the following in mind:
What kind of spiritual heirlooms
do you want to leave behind for your family?
Heirs to the Promise:
And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oathâ¦ Hebrews 6:17
Heirs According to the Hope of Eternal Life:
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7
Heirs to the Grace of Life:
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 1Peter 3:7
Heir of Righteousness:
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hebrews 11:7
Here is the text that really struck me as I prepared this lesson:
â¦.prepared an ark to the saving of his houseâ¦
Noah spent 120 years focused on one task: Building the ark to save his family from the flood. He endured ridicule from all around him, yet he pressed on, and to quote a familiar saying, we know âthe rest of the storyâ?. Not only did he save his family, but the Bible also says he âheir of the righteousness which is by faith.â?
The Heirloom of Proper Training
It is important to spend some play time with our children, keep a clean house, make sure the schooling is in order, but it is so easy to get so side-tracked on these other things that we sometimes forget the main goal we should be focusing on: that each of our children be âan heir of the righteousness which is by faith.â?
We cannot see our childrenâs heartâs for the certainty of their salvation, but we can put a full effort into making sure they have been taught and trained in the Word of God.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: Deuteronomy 11:20
I would love have verses displayed all over the house, but have never been able to invest in frames. Iâm beginning to think that even a piece of paper would do fine, especially since thatâs all they had in OT times anyway. Better some than none! The more we can have Godâs Word before our children, the better.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
The Heirloom of Time
I did not grow up in a Christian home, but my parents did teach me some important truths about families needing to spend time together. We went camping and played lots of games growing up, and when I look back, those special times smooth over some of the very difficult and hurtful times.
As I watch our children grow into their teens now, I know I have not spent as much personal time with them as I should have. I cannot change the past, but I can strive now to do all I can to build precious memories that will become a storehouse of heirlooms to smooth over any of the mistakes I have made along the way. So as I write this, do not let Satan convince you that I have not been through this. I am going through it now, and I struggle daily to get the right balance. It is my hope that I can be a help and encouragement to others struggling with this.
Time in Godâs Service:
As children of God, we are commanded to be witnesses and help draw others to the Saviour. Satan would deceive you into believing that being a stay at home Mom (SAHM) and a soulwinner do not go hand in hand.
Tell me, why not?
Soulwinning time can be the greatest family time you have ever had! Imagine working together to see that bus kid (and family) get saved, or your husbandâs boss, the neighbor, the sweet little old lady or man down the street!
What a glorious spiritual heirloom to leave to our children!
I understand, it is hard to get everyone gathered up for church soulwinning and it doesnât often seem to work, but how about bringing your children grocery shopping instead of leaving them home with Dad? 12 years ago, I would have Sarah (2 yr old) in the cart and would pull the twins stroller. For a few years, I used that to Godâs advantage as I realized something very important: Twins attract attention! So I used that as a witnessing tool too. But then I got tired, lazy, backslidden really, and for several years, did everything I could to go shopping alone to have some âquietâ? time. I hated taking them out as I had had âmy fillâ? of âdraggingâ? wee ones around trying to get groceries done by myself. I realize now how wrong I was and now I love having my girls with me. They are thrilled to be able to hand out Gospel tracts and will now witness as well, even to those whom adults would sometimes cringe at. Iâm saddened by the memories of my eldest, Sarah, begging me as a small child to go hand out tracts, but felt we did not have the time. I had lots of time, but I was being selfish with it. When my precious children are gone, I will have more âquiet timeâ? than I will ever want.
The lesson, in particular the last part, has been a big eye opener to me of some of the areas I was lacking in and, with the Lordâs help, I hope to rectify many errors. I hope it has been a challenge to you as well.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
I re-itterate the question given:
What kind of spiritual heirlooms do you want to leave behind for your family?
This last thought does not fall into my outline, but I know I canât leave it out.
Are we preparing an ark to the saving of our homes, or are we leaving them out to be swept away by the flood of corruption and ungodliness that this world has to offer?
Angela B. Trenholm