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A Wasted Legacy by Pastor W F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

SUNDAY, MAY 02, 2021

TOPIC: A WASTED LEGACY

TEXT: Jeremiah 22:13-30

KEY VERSE:
“Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work.” – (Jeremiah 22:13)

We are often quick to think of leaving a legacy behind, but do we really think about how the legacy can be managed or sustained? There are many great men who laboured to build empires and estates supposedly for their children but today these have become wasted legacies.

Our text tells how the good legacy of Josiah was wasted by Jehoiakim, his son. Josiah, one of the great kings of Judah, had been faithful with his responsibility to teach the law of God and to promote revival of godliness in Judah. He treated the poor and the needy with respect and dignity. But Jehoiakim was the direct opposite of his father. He had been unfaithful to the word of God, strong-headed and hardhearted since childhood. He allowed his wealth and position to affect his walk and fellowship with God. He used the proceeds of corruption, bribery and extortion to build houses, estates and fortunes. He was unjust in judgment, killing the innocent and oppressing the poor and the vulnerable. God warned him but he refused to hearken. Consequently, judgment was pronounced on him. He could not claim the father’s blessings because he failed to imitate his godly example.

A good legacy, certificate or a great estate cannot guarantee a godly character. According to biblical records, Jehoiakim’s death was shameful. He was notorious in life and obnoxious in death!

Parents must take care to prepare their children to sustain their godly legacy. Do not be too preoccupied with bequeathing your children with wealth and estates without preparing them to lead a godly life, which is the foundation for sustained prosperity, wealth and happiness.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Godly training remains the best legacy ever!

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