What does an heirloom represent?



Our faith in Jesus Christ is like an heirloom that’s valuable, priceless, or, as the Apostle Peter would say, a “precious faith” that is “more valuable than gold.”  Our faith must be carried on so that every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to hear and understand the good news of Jesus Christ, be reconciled to God, and know how to live in His Kingdom.


An heirloom is something precious and priceless that is passed down from one generation to the next. This involves preserving something of value and passing it on to future generations. That’s why Paul describes carrying on the faith as the first importance, “For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

Paul would later tell his young protégé, Timothy, to continue to carry on the faith: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). It requires effort, investment, and a commitment to preserving something of great importance and significance. In the same way, disciple-making conveys a commitment to preserving and passing on the Christian faith, starting in the home, passing from generation to generation (Deut. 6:4-9); continuing to our churches reproducing disciples, capable to multiply so that there will be a lasting impact on individuals,
communities, and future generations.


The gospel is like a relay race; we’re either fumbling the handoff or ensuring it’s carried on with care. Imagine a baton passed between runners in a relay race. The most remarkable thing about the gospel is that we guard it by giving it away. We protect the investment of those who have entrusted it to us by passing it along to others who will do the same. Similarly, the words received and passed in this passage describe the life of faith carried on from one to another. The genealogies of Genesis and Matthew have a similar function. It is our hope, because we have lived faithfully as God's people, that long after we have gone we will make an impact for His Kingdom that will be seen for generations to come.

"One generation will declare your works to the next and will proclaim your mighty acts.” 

Psalm 145:4