We need the tie of generations in the faith because each generation can demonstration the depth of faith that is possible. We can observe that in the generations that came before. We can learn from them.
When we demonstrate the depth of faith, a faith that cannot be shaken, and demonstrate the faithfulness of God, we can then explain that to the next generation.
Two things are needed:
1. This generation (and insert yourself and that particular generation here) needs to demonstrate that to the next generation, and then help explain that to the next generation.
That means, get to know someone younger and INVEST in them. They want the opportunity, even if they don’t know how to say it.
I meet with younger students and work to pour into them the incredible faithfulness of God. When they’re ready to go win China NOW for Jesus, I remind them of the long walk of obedience in the same direction that needs to be the foundation of their lives.
It’s work. I learn to communicate better. I learn to listen better. I don’t always get it right. But I work at it.
2. The generation coming up needs to listen.
Watch and observe. Don’t just ask questions and wait for the “fill in the blank response.”
I have a spiritual father I meet with from time to time and I don’t ask ONE question. I just let him talk. Whatever God is guiding him in that day is what I want to hear. There are times I have a specific question, but I’ve watched him over the years. I have learned from his example over the years. I don’t always need to have a question.
Let’s observe from one another the faithfulness of God. We will then find that ANCHOR for our soul that carries us on in the journey with Christ.
17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Heb. 6:17-20)
Abraham passed this soul anchor on to the next generations. We have this soul anchor passed to us. Let us be so anchored to Christ that we can faithfully demonstrate the beauty and power of the Kingdom to the next generation.