“In the future your children will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord our God has commanded us to obey?’
“Then you must tell them, ‘We were Pharoah’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with His strong hand…'”
One day I asked my Sunday School class the question, “What does it mean to be saved?”
Immediately, a little girl who was about seven-years old put up her hand. “It means that you don’t drink or do drugs or go to bad parties anymore. It means that God set you free from all of those things.”
While being a Christian is more than just that, I was still impressed by her answer. The reason it struck me is because her mother’s lifestyle before she met the Lord consisted of drinking, drugs, and partying. After she met Jesus, everything was turned around. Even though her daughter was still young, this mother had clearly been very honest about the changes that Jesus had made in her life. She wasn’t hiding a thing.
Four years later, this young girl from my Sunday School class is serving God wholeheartedly. Although she is only eleven, she and her older sister are amazing examples of what it means to love God. Why? In part, it’s because her mom passed on a legacy of freedom. Just as the Israelites taught their children about how God set them free from slavery, this young mother taught her children about how God set her free from the bondage of her old life. Just as the Israelites taught their children about how God brought them into the Promised Land, this young mother taught her children about how Jesus gave her a new life of freedom. She didn’t only tell them about her freedom, she lived her freedom for all to see.
A few months ago, in my small group, our leader had us practice telling people in two minutes or less about how God changed our lives. As I thought about all of the things that Jesus has done for me, I couldn’t help but sit back in awe. As I think about it now, I am still in awe. What a legacy to leave my children! What incredible stories I have to tell them!
Jesus turned a depressed, suicidal young teen into a joyful, vibrant young woman. He found me in complete despair and filled me with hope. He caused a kidney disease to go into instantaneous remission and made the doctors sit back stunned. He blessed me with a healthy pregnancy when I was told that getting pregnant was risky. He is currently blessing me with another healthy pregnancy.
The best part? Since I am so utterly imperfect, He is still changing me every single day! For the rest of my life, as He takes me “from glory to glory”, I will have stories upon stories to tell my kids! As I walk with Him, there will always be a new testimony to share. When my children ask me, “Why do you love Jesus so much? Why do we follow Him?” I will be more than ready with an answer! In fact, I’ll probably be telling them before they have the chance to ask the question!
What is your legacy? Your children need to know!