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The Next Generation

August 25th, 2009

“One generation will declare Your works to the next and will proclaim Your mighty acts.”

Psalm 145:4

 

The church is always just one generation away from extinction. We have an obligation not only to believe ourselves but to also seek to win the next generation to Christ, and the church of Christ has continued through the centuries because people in every generation evangelized young people. We are, in fact, proofs that this has been done. While a child, I would not have heard of God’s love for me had someone else not told me. As a teenager my own faith was nurtured and encouraged by people who had a genuine concern for the continuation of the witness to the gospel and the existence of the church.

 

Gratitude is the right response from our hearts for those lives who went before us and who pointed us to Christ. The teen years can be confusing times and Christ is the anchor that can steady souls in a sea of change. A recent study revealed how much today’s world seems to demand a multi-tasking approach to all of life, and adolescents are in the middle of this trend. The result is lives that are stressed and distracted, and left with a lessened ability to focus on single issues, when compared to older generations. I-pods, text-messaging, the constant bombardment of advertisers, mixed with the hormonal changes, means that this generation’s experiences are more confusing than any other’s. They need some ones to stand in the gap for them, to pray, to love, to teach, to reach, to listen, to lead, and to care.

 

We need to let the Spirit direct our thoughts toward focus and clarity. Christ said, Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. (John 15:27). The peace of Christ includes freedom from the world’s distracting and contradictory thoughts and values. Christ gives His peace to those who are divinely enabled to focus on Him and to believe in Him. Let Christ be the center of your life and you will find that His peace will become your peace.

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, we admit our easy involvement in the many distractions of life. Give us the grace to focus on You, to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and to follow You. Grant us Your peace. Amen.

 

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