Are you expecting or have already received an inheritance? Or is this recent scenario which may or may not be connected to our family more likely? A loved one passes, and although there is an executable will, no one makes any effort to do anything regarding the estate because the whole thing is a list of unpaid debts. Sound familiar?
Or maybe you’ve heard the one where a parent tell the children not to expect an inheritance, because the parents are going to spend it all or give it all away. Both situations do not line up with what the Bible says.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22)
Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. (2 Corinthians 12:14)
Inheritance in Bible times meant not only financial (e.g. land, flocks, skilled career like Jesus’s carpentry work), it also meant spiritual inheritance. I wouldn’t read these verses and think any parent is bad or not as good because their finances aren’t in order especially if that Mom or Dad is leaving a shining spiritual inheritance. This is more about you and me learning the principles God set out to bless our families and working to follow Him.
We also recognize the best inheritance is the one our heavenly, Abba Father is keeping for us.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
I strive to not let the financial, the day-to-day money matters, take precedence over keeping my focus on Jesus. I’m “prone to wander,” as the old hymn says, but searching God’s word for direction helps bring me back to the path.