Galatians 3:19-4:20; Lamentations 1-2; Psalm 145
It has been said that the Church is one generation away from extinction. If that’s true, then the key is that the message of the Gospel must be passed on from one generation to the next. David explained that idea in Psalm 145. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:3-4) Every generation must come to their relationship with Jesus Christ on their own, as an act of free choice guided by the Holy Spirit. We live in a time where parents often fail to give their children any training in the ways of God because they want children to make up their own minds. In truth, this keeps children away from God, because the lack of training in righteousness is telling: it tells the children that a relationship with God isn’t important to their parents. The natural order of things is that one generation passes faith down to the next generation. As Christians, we do that by taking our children to church with us. We do that by praising God and recognizing His presence in all areas of our lives, and letting our children see us do that and participating with us. Our children may still decide not to follow God. That’s their choice. But at least they will have had a fair chance.
Dear Lord, remind me of my responsibility to show Your love and greatness to my children. Even though mine are grown, they still need to see how my relationship with You affects my life. I pray even now for the parents of young children: give them the grace and strength to love You and share that love with their children.