Spiritual Heritage

We are part of a family of believers. People introduced you to Jesus and helped you start to grow as His follower. And you have passed this on to others. Consider your “spiritual family tree” to honor the people who have helped you grow and to serve as a reminder to be an intentional mentor to others.

We are part of something bigger than ourselves. There are those who introduced us to Jesus. Some helped us start to grow as His followers. We have the privilege to be involved in the lives of others—passing on what we have learned.

Use this “spiritual family tree” as a reminder of those who have played a significant role in your spiritual life. Under “Me” in the illustration, write the names of those who introduced you to Jesus and helped you grow. If you know who influenced them, write their names down, too (it’s OK if you don’t know). Take a moment to thank God for the people who came before you in faith.

But don’t stop there! In the spaces above “Me” write the names of people you can influence by sharing Christ or mentoring them. Maybe it’s someone you’re already helping. Maybe it’s someone you’d like to help. If nobody comes to mind, that’s OK. Ask God to bring someone into your life that you can help. “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4, NIV).