There are many people in American public life who seem to be “famous” – not for their own accomplishments, but rather for what their parents have done, e.g., Nicole Richie, the Kardashians, and Rumer Willis.
This week, the New York Times took a fascinating look at two boys living in the shadows of their superstar dads. [California School Has a Montana and a Gretzky at Quarterback]. Not only must Nick Montana and Trevor Gretzky try to match their fathers’ all-star careers, they also must compete against each other – they both play quarterback at the same California prep school.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus sees a man born blind. In displaying a worldly mentality that the sins (or gifts) of the father are inherited, the disciples ask Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” But, Jesus responds, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:2-3, NIV).
My success or failure in this world is not determined by my (or my earthly parents’) holiness or sinfulness, but by the will of God who desires to bring “abundant life” (John 10:10). I do, however, inherit the perfection of my heavenly daddy through his supernatural adoption of me, which makes me his “heir” (Romans 8:16).
The world will always measure Nick and Trevor by the legacies of their fathers. I’m grateful that, although God holds me to His standard, He will always measure me by the legacy of His Son, whose record stats (i.e., raising from the dead) have been credited to me as a co-heir with Christ.