Friday, 9 November 2018

The Last Generation

Proverbs 27:24 For riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.      

      Exodus 1:6 In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation.
      We too, who are now of this generation will be listed and chronicled as part of an historical past. We can see glimpses of it at parades and ceremonies like Remembrance Day where veteran soldiers from World Wars past are honored, but their numbers have dwindled down to a few lonely souls. We see the elderly passing on as we ourselves get older and wonder what will remain once we are gone. What difference or blessings will be left behind because we had existed? Did our life and the generation we are part of count for anything eternally worthwhile?
      When I was young it was the friends of my grandparents who were dying. As years progressed it was my parents' friend and parents themselves who were passing on through death's door. Now it is my friends and contemporaries who are on their way out. One day it will be written of us that we and our brothers died, ending that entire generation. 
      We truly are pilgrims on a path of life that is directed and led by our heavenly Father. We can choose to live a self-indulgent, anything goes, and a free for all lawless lifestyle during our short time on this earth. On the other hand, we can make a different choice and serve the Lord with peace and gladness while fulfilling the reason and calling we were created for when God first thought of us. Jer. 1:5a I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born.
      The destiny of our generation has been written in God's heart. He chose us before our time in history had even started. We were the apple of God's eye. He was in love with us the moment He saw our existence on His holy horizon. He chose us and knew what would fulfill us completely as individuals. John 15:16 You did not choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last. Then my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name.
      It is so important that those who are in Christ and in relationship with God leave a clear understanding of who God the Father is for the next generation. Godly principles, values, and the understanding of holy illumination will have to be engrafted into the upcoming generation because they will have to walk through the maze and smorgasbord of religious options and opinions of their generation. It only took one generation for Israel to forget everything the Israelites went through to possess the promised land. Judges 2:10 After a while the people of Joshua's generation died, and the next generation did not know the LORD or any of the things he had done for Israel.
       Whatever generation we are in, we are the last generation because at any moment the Lord can return for His church. Teaching the next generation everything I know concerning the personal and relational things of God has become a priority in my life. I want my sons, their wives, and their grandchildren to know that God is in love with them and they, too, can have a lifetime of blessings and strength that comes through knowing our Lord. Jesus has made a way for us to come to God at any time in life. May that time be now. Jer. 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about.

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