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June 8, 2017, 5:00 AM

What culture are you creating to help the next generation know God?


A few years back I went to Six Flags, which is a place that most would consider a happy fun place to be. Happiness changes very quickly into fear when you are a child who gets separated from their parents. Getting lost is absolutely terrifying for a child. They feel paralyzed with no clue where to go or which direction to head. The tears begin to flow and panic begins to set in. While waiting in line for one of the rides I noticed a little boy all alone with that look of fear I just described. I faced the decision whether to ignore the situation, move forward in the line or jump into action and help the little boy find his parents.

 

It doesn’t seem like I had much of a choice does it? If a child is lost and afraid, you are not going to sit by and remain a spectator. You will do everything in your power to make sure they are safe, protected, and ultimately find their way home.  Unfortunately the church, has for far too long, sat idly by and watched as families crumble, marriages fall apart, and the next generation knows even less about the faithfulness of God. While those younger than us falter, we remain on the sidelines and refuse to engage the situation.

 

It’s far too easy to blame media, entertainment, and the government for the current state of our generation. This gives us an easy out to excuse our behavior as the church and the role we’ve played in the problem. The culture of the church must change with the entire community of believers leveraging what they have for the next generation.  What messages do our actions and words speak about the importance, or the lack thereof, of God to the next generation? What legacy are we leaving behind for them? Will they know of the greatness of God as well as His amazing grace? Will their lives be impacted by it or will their lack of guidance lead them to walk through life relying solely on their own wisdom?

 

What blueprint are we sketching out for our families and spouses? What foundations are we building now for what lies in the future? We are charged with impressing the commands of God upon the next generation and leaving them the tools and culture necessary to reveal God’s image in their generation. This should have massive implications on us the church, as well as our families.  

These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Deuteronomy 6:1-2

 

It is so important that we understand legacy as an issue of stewardship, as something we are given. It is not ours to generate, but rather to steward in the direction of God’s promise. If your actions and words set the tone and culture for your family, what type of culture are you establishing? For those without children, what culture are you creating to help the next generation know God?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, let me leave a legacy that brings You glory. Lord teach me to look for opportunities to impact others, especially those of the next generations You have brought into my life. Jesus help me to steward the influence I’ve been given to point others towards Your transformational love. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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