One of the great privileges of fatherhood is our ability to live and leave a legacy.
New England is the home of one of our nation’s great spiritual leaders, Jonathan Edwards. This great man is best known for his public ministry and the historic Great Awakening of the 1700’s. Almighty God used him in marvelous ways to stir people to respond to the Gospel message. Edwards left quite a legacy.
Edwards also had a family life. He married well. Sarah Edwards was a wonderful woman of God who served her God and her husband by sharing her practical wisdom. Sarah and Jonathan literally poured their lives into their eleven children. It was their number one priority. They did not delegate the responsibility of discipling their children to anyone else. Each day that he was home, Jonathan would help each family member and the servants rise before sunlight to pray and hear a chapter of the Bible read aloud. This Deuteronomy 6 in action. Jonathan Edwards was commited to sharing the Word of God to his children in his home as they rise up each day.
Although Edwards is best remembered for “The Great Awakening”; consider the legacy he and his wife have left through their eleven children and their children and the children that followed:
The Edwards Family Legacy
- 300 Pastors or missionaries
- 120 Professors
- 110 Lawyers
- 80 Public servants
- 66 Physicians
- 60 Prominent authors
- 30 Judges
- 14 University and college presidents
- 3 United States senators
- 3 Governors
- 1 Vice President of the US
You and I may not have a lead role in the next great awakening, but we can partner with our wives in leaving a family legacy. Why not start this fall and follow Edward’s model of a morning devotional time. By the way, you can start after sunrise!
Psalm 78 urges us to be this type of man.
Ps 78:4-6 We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His Power and the wonders He has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.