It is recorded in the pages of Scripture that “a good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children (Proverbs 13:22). A good man sees into the future and plans out his heritage. A good man has a vision for the present and a vision for the future. A good man does not think about himself or herself alone, they think about their children. They think about the position that they want to leave them in before their life is over. A good man leaves an inheritance.
A selfish person, an ignorant person, an evil man leaves nothing. The plans of the diligent bring plenty, as surely as haste leads to poverty (Proverbs 21:5). The slacker craves, yet gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is fully satisfied (Proverbs 13:4). It is extremely important for the Christian to consider their choices in light of the present and in light of their own demise. Your vision should not end, when you do. Look at Elisha, whose last miracle was accomplished after he perished.
“And Elisha died and was buried. Now the Moabite raiders used to come into the land every spring. Once, as the Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders, so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. And when he touched the bones of Elisha, the man was revived and stood up on his feet.” – 2 Kings 13:20-21
Your vision, your heritage, should outlive you. You should be accomplishing things after you have already died.
I think this speaks to leaving a legacy of godliness. So many times we in the West think if inheritance in terms of finances. Legacy goes far beyond that.