Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Generation Next

"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. For He issued His laws to Jacob; He gave His instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting His glorious miracles and obeying His commands." Psalm 78:4-7 NLT

I was talking to a member of our church. She has a great little daughter. I asked how her daughter was doing. The mom told me she was doing well. Then she added; "She's getting it." I knew what the mom meant. Her daughter's relationship with Jesus was maturing. She was understanding the love of Christ. She was applying the ways of scripture to her life.

Every generation faces new and difficult challenges. When I was growing up, civil rights, Vietnam, sex, drugs, and rock and roll, were facing us. Today we live in a world in crisis. The things that we have been putting our hope in are crumbling around us. Each time we turn on the nightly news, or log onto our home page, we see the continual decline of our world.

What does our youth put their hope in? What do they, the next generation, have to look forward to? What assurance of well-being do they have? The only solid, eternal solution is in Jesus Christ. Be honest. What else is there? What has, or is working to solve the problems of our world and human condition? In what ways are you investing in the youth of today?

The next generation needs something to put their hope in. That "someone" is Jesus Christ.

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