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The Next Generation – The Disciple-Making Lifestyle

“One generation will commend Your works to another;
they will tell of Your mighty acts.”
(Psalm 145:4)


Part One

We are now living in a special generation – but only briefly! Over the coming days, months, and hopefully, years, it will be our privilege to share the sacred story of our risen Savior. However, that priceless privilege will soon be passed on to others. Pause to quietly contemplate the Psalmist’s wise words written above. They were addressed to Jehovah many centuries ago, but they remain fully relevant today.

Time has not altered the pattern of successive generations, nor has it changed the spiritual importance of assisting those who are younger. As Christians, we have been empowered to pass on our personal testimonies to those who will follow the Lord long after we have joined Him in heaven.

Every redeemed believer is admonished to, “…speak of the glorious splendor of [God’s] majesty…proclaim [His] great deeds…celebrate [His] abundant goodness and joyfully sing about [His] righteousness.” (Psalm 145:5-7) Solomon, the wisest of men, ended his personal journey by summarizing his timeless insight for all coming generations. He wrote, “Love God and keep His commands for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)


Part Two

For all future generations, King David was inspired to write the following description. His words are still being fulfilled every week wherever Christians worship. He prayed to God saying, “…Your saints will extol You. They will tell of the glory of Your Kingdom, and speak of Your might, so that all men may know of Your mighty acts…” (Psalm 145:10b – 12a) David taught his son, Solomon, about God with great effect (see Proverbs 4:1-10)

There is no parental joy more rewarding than telling our own children and grandchildren about God’s love! Teaching and protecting them is our highest and most natural spiritual process. Our children need to know why Jesus came, what He did, and when He will return (see Matthew 24:14). It will bring them peace to learn that He has already prepared a special place for them in heaven (see 1 Corinthians 2:9).

Jesus taught us saying, “… you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3) As our children and their children’s children become true believers, this calm assurance will accompany them throughout their lifetime!


Part Three

As you offer your current prayer requests, take the opportunity to consider the spiritual condition of your close friends and family members. Are their minds open to God’s truth? Who among them is currently hurting and lonely? Who is already searching? Which ones still need the Holy Spirit’s conviction? Think about what the Lord promised, “When He [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:8) Simply claim His promise for all those whom you love. Remember that only those who understand their spiritual condition will seek God’s forgiveness.

Seek to protect your descendants from the influence of destructive spiritual forces like – doubt, greed, pornography, dishonesty, immorality, and addiction. Each new generation will need the life changing experience of knowing Christ personally. The time to pray for our friends and loved ones – is always now!


By Billie Hanks Jr.

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