We are a church of diverse generations. Every generation thinks particular ways, has different values, ways of thinking, ways of listening, ways of leading, styles, measures of success.
The problem is that most of us live with and for our own generation.
So how do we invest in each generation, so that God’s vision of his kingdom life continues to be passed on to future generations?
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There is a story in the Bible that illustrates that when we only live for our own generation, we will die with our generation, and our faith will die with our generation too!
The Book of Joshua includes stories of a generation who had faith. Faith to cross a flooded river… faith to march around Jericho and see it’s walls come tumbling down… faith to see the promises of God come to fruition.
But listen to this:
After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight and served the images of Baal. They abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the LORD. They abandoned the LORD to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth. Judges 2:10-13
In contrast to the Judges story, consider this drive of the Psalmist:
We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the LORD,
about his power and his mighty wonders. – Psalm 78:4
The Psalmist was not living just for his own generation. He was looking ahead to the next generation. He knew that the new generation needed to grasp who God is…they needed to experience his work…they needed to set their own hope anew on God.
Do you think about how you are and can continue to invest in the lives of new generations?
How are you already investing in younger generations? Thank you!
Are there ways you would or could invest that you have not yet had the chance?
If you are a parent, it is easy to "outsource" your kid to the church in the hope that they can nurture faith. But, most things are caught rather than taught, right? Faith is not something just taught. It is something seen and modeled in a real and authentic way.
While the church is extremely helpful in faith development – it is also only one hour in a child’s week among the 168 other hours of their week!
Moses highlights the need for faith to be nurtured throughout life:
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. – Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NLT)
Faith is meant to be a natural part of life. Sitting at home watching TV, tucking kids into bed, eating Weetbix in the morning, driving to soccer practice, attending service on a Sunday.
Consider talking with other parents about how they speak about faith and following Christ throughout the normalcy of life's events. What other "real life" moments can you partner with God in the formation of your children?
Whether you have kids or not, we all influence the next generation. The way we live, speak, lead, act and treat others in on constant show for all to see. Here's a few ideas of how to so so positively, and intentionally:
1. Think about the different generations you are influencing. What about your life can you intentionally speak into the lives of younger generations?
2. If you work in a multi-generational workplace, have a read of this simply overview of what to do and not do in working with other generations. You can find the document here.
3. Visit the Faith at Home Centre the next time you are at Greenlane Christian Centre for a large and wide range of resources about relationships, family, children, teens, singleness and marriage to support and empwer your "faith at home."