Ezra 2: 59 Now these’re those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan & Immer but they were not able to give evidence of their fathers’ households and their descendants, whether they were of Israel:
Of the fifty thousand Israelites who returned to Jerusalem from Babylon there were some who could not trace their Jewish heritage. Records had been destroyed when Jerusalem fell. And because they could not show evidence of their lineage, they were excluded from the priesthood, until a priest came who could consult the Urim and Thummim.
We are not told what happened to these families but most likely they were not sent back to Babylon and were eventually accepted into the community. But in the short run, they were disqualified from the priesthood. They were not allowed to partake of the holy things. These people lost out because they could not show evidence of their heritage.
Is your legacy in Christ visable and verifiable? Is there proof in your life that you are connected to Jesus? Someone once asked, “If you were accused of being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict”?
There should be. There should be ample evidence in our life of our connection with Jesus. And when that evidence is lacking, when our lifestyle does not verify our linkage to Christ, we will lose out. We will miss out temporarily on what God has for us, the holy things He wants to give us.