One of the core values here at StoneBridge is the Next Generation - each generation investing in the one behind it so we effectually pass on our faith. I was reminded of this challenge as I was standing out at our ground breaking ceremony on Sunday. I was looking around and saw this sea of moms and dads with their kids. Check out the challenge we have from Psalm 78 below:
1 A psalm of Asaph. O my people, listen to my teaching. Open your ears to what I am saying, 2for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past -- 3 stories we have heard and know, stories our ancestors handed down to us. 4 We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD. We will tell of his power and the mighty miracles he did. 5 For he issued his decree to Jacob; he gave his law to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, 6 so the next generation might know them -- even the children not yet born -- that they in turn might teach their children. 7So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering his glorious miracles and obeying his commands
I love this Psalm. I love the declaration saying 'We will not hide these truths from our children....' So many times I hear stories of an adult that experiences the death of an older parent and they often have little to no information about their relationship with Christ because they were very 'private' about their spirituality. We need to truly live out our walk with Christ like an open book in front of our children. We need to model reading our Bible, memorizing Scripture, confessing and asking for forgiveness, serving others, worshiping in spirit and truth, loving others that are tough to love, trusting God in difficult circumstances, praying and sharing the gospel with others. Let's leave no doubts in the minds of our kids what it means to follow after Christ. And by the way let's be ok with allowing our kids to know that our spirituality is a messy one. Let's allow our kids to see that we are far from perfect and that it's not our good deeds that makes us right with God but that we are right with God because of grace and the finished work of Jesus at the cross.
God showcase your grace through the open books of our lives and ignite a genuine faith in the generation that follows us! Amen!