As the Israelites returned from captivity in Babylon, careful records were made for each returning person to chart their family and lineage.

Shallum son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his fellow gatekeepers from his family (the Korahites) were responsible for guarding the thresholds of the tent just as their ancestors had been responsible for guarding the entrance to the dwelling of the Lord (1 Chronicles 9:19).

Shallum and his family began working security for the entrance to the temple. This sacred duty had been handled by members of the family going all the way back to when Moses led the Israelites in the wilderness. For hundreds of years, Shallum’s ancestors had been the temple guards. Upon return from exile, they proudly took on their family legacy.

Ministry leaves a legacy in families. Whether you are a preacher, a Sunday school teacher, a church janitor, or parking lot security, your service makes a mark on your children and grandchildren that will leave them a rich heritage.

Thought for the Day: 

Your service to God is your family’s legacy.


1 Chronicles 9:17–27