What will you leave when you die?

WHAT SHOULD WE leave behind when we die…?

A faithful family.

We will leave a mourning family behind on that sad day, but will we leave a faithful one?  Will each be on his or her way to heaven?  We are not able to make decisions for them, but we will have a great influence on each, especially our children (Proverbs 22:6Proverbs 22:6
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6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Sarah left a godly man to mourn (Genesis 23:2Genesis 23:2
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2 And Sarah died in Kiriath-arba , in the land of Canaan. And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

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).  Abraham left faithful sons behind (Genesis 18:19; 25:8Genesis 18:19; 25:8
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19 For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Jehovah may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. 8 And Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people.

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).  Zebedee and Salome gave the world James and John.  Lois taught Eunice, who molded Timothy (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:152 Timothy 1:5; 3:15
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5 having been reminded of the unfeigned faith that is in thee; which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and, I am persuaded, in thee also. 15 And that from a babe thou hast known the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

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If we would leave such a family, we must start NOW, because the years may come when they will not listen (Ecclesiastes 12:2Ecclesiastes 12:2
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2 before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;

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).  No greater legacy can be left than faith in God and faithfulness to His church.  (Allen Webster)

“You are the light of the world…”  Matthew 5:14Matthew 5:14
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14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.

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–Mike Benson

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