April 6 Leaving an Incorruptible Inheritance

I will never forget an hour in our home of ten children when the question of college came up.

“I will never forget an hour, in our home of ten children, when my father sat before us, and the question of college came up. One of the children said to him,

‘If you had used the great brains you have in the law business, instead of being a preacher, we would all have had a chance to go to college, and you would have had money enough to send us.’

My father looked out the window. He turned back with tear-filled eyes, and said,

‘Yes, that is the truth. I could have done it, but when you woke up in hell, you would have cursed me far worse than you do now. Children, money isn’t everything; and I will try to leave you an inheritance that is incorruptible, that does not fade away. When I am gone, you will know one thing, and that is that I knew Jesus.’”1

“Fathers, do not drive your children mad, but nurture them in the discipline and teaching that come from the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

“A man ought to live that everybody knows he is a Christian…and most of all, his family ought to know” (D. L. Moody).2


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  1. Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, by Walter B. Knight, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 502
  2. Pulpit Helps, Chattanooga, TN: AMG International, April 2007, p. 13.