One of the greatest battles we face today is the battle of our spiritual legacy. The faith we will pass down from family to family, to our children and our children’s children. Everywhere you turn there is something waiting to challenge your values, your traditions, your standards … your beliefs. If we are not firm in knowing what we believe and intentionally teaching the next generation the foundational truths of our faith, our legacy will be lost.
In Joshua 2 we see Rahab’s story. She told the spies, “The LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below (Joshua 2:11).” Then she hid them in her home. She asked them to return the favor by saving her family from destruction and they agreed on terms:
This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house … So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
Rahab had no idea what spiritual legacy she was protecting. She had no idea that her name would forever be etched in the genealogy of Jesus. She knew she wanted to serve God and that more than anything else she could ask for from these spies—she wanted her family saved.
The only thing standing between our families and destruction is that scarlet cord, the Blood of Jesus Christ. For Rahab, it was a simple little red rope tied in the window. But when destruction seemed inevitable, when the problems came and the enemy wanted to destroy that home, it stood. And her whole family was protected.
How much more powerful is the precious Blood of Jesus that we are covered with today? Let it be more than an emblem in your window or an icon hanging from your rearview mirror. Let it be in the way you talk, the way you live, the way you love your family. Let it be in the prayers your children hear you pray and in the moments you share with those who will carry on your legacy.