A HEALTHY VILLAGE: ASCENDING GENERATIONS
“The Church is always one generation short of extinction, if our generation fails to guard the truth and entrust it to our children, then that will be the end! When you think of the saints and martyrs who suffered and died so that we might have God’s truth, it makes you want to take your place in God’s army and be faithful unto death.” –Warren Wiersbe
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2 (ESV)
Are we experiencing the generation bubble?
Every generation has something it always holds on to as something they would be proud of. The Builders will remember how much they sacrificed and worked through the difficulties of rebuilding the country and their families after the war. The Boomers will proudly say that during their time they had to walk for miles to go to school and finish school in order to make something of themselves. The Gen-X will talk about how when they were growing up, they survived without cellular phones and iPads.
But how does that help this generation?
We cannot stop the progress of technology. We can either make way for it or live in a cave.
We cannot stop the next generations from living in a world of apathy and self-centeredness. We can either react about it or become pre-emptive in navigating them.
This is the generation we are to take care of:
It will be a very different generation.
We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.
Cursing the darkness is not the answer.
The first generation of Joshua’s village committed themselves to God:
…choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15 ESV)
And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the LORD had done for Israel. (Judges 2:7 ESV)
But after Joshua’s generation died out…
And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10 ESV)
It does not mean because the generations before have committed themselves to God, the next ones automatically will.
Burst the generation bubble. We must enter into this generation’s world, meet with them and pass on the truths that we have learned so that they too can navigate those after them. But they must have their own God experience. That is God’s part.
We are simply to teach what is right, do right and remember this: One generation must give the next generation a chance better than before to live a better life.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. –John Adams
But as a follower of Christ, we want not only a better life for them but this: One generation must give the next generation a chance better than before to CHOOSE TO LIVE a GOD-FOLLOWING LIFE.