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August 17th - No Borrowed Blessings

No Borrowed Blessings

(Ezekiel 12:1-28; 13:1-23; 14:1-23)


My Granddaughter

Photo c2009 by Nickers and Ink


Grandchildren are a true gift from God. What a blessing it is for a parent (or a stepparent) to experience to wonder of childhood again through the eyes of a child’s child. Surely the Lord smiles upon such bounty.

Someone once said, however, that there will be no grandchildren in Heaven.


What does this stark statement mean?


Doesn’t our Heavenly Father love grandchildren? Of course He does!


The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel offered a clue to the import of this biblical truth. In Ezekiel 14, we read the Lord’s own words. God Almighty instructed Ezekiel about His own justice. The Lord said that the most righteous men of all could not save others within their own nation, or even their own family.


“’As surely as I live,’

declares the Sovereign Lord,

‘even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it,

they could save neither son nor daughter.

They would save only themselves by their righteousness.’”

(Ezekiel 14:20, NIV)


In other words, although parents and leaders may leave lasting legacies of faithfulness, their children and followers cannot inherit salvation itself. Each of us is individually accountable to the Lord.


Doesn’t the Lord desire each of us to choose to love Him, in response to His great love for each of us?


God longs for each of us to belong to Him as His first-generation children, rather than as second-generation grandchildren. In the Father’s house, there is plenty of room for all who will enter.


Will you pray with me?


Heavenly Father,

How blessed we are

To be called Your children.

We adore You.

Thank You for calling us

And saving us

And making us Your own.

Amen.


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2 comments:

  1. I've heard this saying before and you've got a great explanation.

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  2. Thanks for your word. So good.

    Sheryl

    I hope you will stop by my blog sometime.

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