Even though Jesus Christ never had any genetic children, He did, of course, produce billions of children in the spirit of faith in the Lord once He died for sin. As Isaiah wrote, “If He made Himself as an offering for sin, He shall see His offspring, He shall prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” (Isaiah 53: 10) From there, because of the influence of those He discipled, who took the passionate message of salvation into the world, every, single generation of humanity from that point on did the same- passing the saving knowledge of Christ down through the generations.
Every parent passes something onto their children – even if it’s something bad. As Christians, parents have the difficult task of raising children in the light, who are constantly lured toward sin and darkness at every turn. However, children don’t just randomly turn out godly. In fact, quite the opposite! If you do nothing or don’t actively do something, or assume that dropping them into Sunday School is enough, the world will pick up the slack and teach them everything. Even if you are not a parent, your influence as a godly adult in the life of a child is of great importance and you do have something to offer to the next generations that matters! How? By your example. Maybe you don’t realize it or notice, but children are watching you. They’re observing how you speak to others, the look on your face, even the clothes that you wear, how you pray, how you worship the Lord and more….
Young children are watching your example, yes, but so are young Christians – those immature or new in their faith – what are they seeing in you?
Psalm 78:4-7, says, “We will not hide [Your works] from the children, but will tell the coming generation the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and the wonderful works that He has done…that the generation to come might know them, even the children who are not yet born, who will arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God.” What a powerful statement! Every older generation has its complaints about the next, but essentially the “generation to come” is often overlooked or dismissed when the truth is: They are watching. If you’re a parent, grandparent, friend, sibling, brother or sister in Christ – your example of worship will help give birth to spiritual freedom in the coming generations! It’s true! Jesus Christ represents freedom to the whole, entire world and you can be part of the spiritual DNA of new generation of believers by living your life as an intentional example.
Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall praise Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts,” and Psalm 102:18 says, “…Let this be written for the generation to come, that a people who shall be created shall praise the Lord.” Psalm 22:30-31 says, “Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation. They will come and will declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has performed it.” These are not parent-child connections – these actions are those that the generations in the “congregation” carry out to the next generation of physical and spiritual children. Young children are watching your example, yes, but so are young Christians – those immature or new in their faith – what are they seeing in you?
Thought for today
Here’s what Lord said to Moses: “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, “What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean which the Lord our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your son, ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand...'” (Deuteronomy 6:20-21) Many times people don’t realize the profound impact that an early knowledge of the Lord has on the life of someone. Childhood is the time when most people receive the Lord, even if they stray later on. That’s why Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me…” – He knew children must be brought close to Him at an early age when their faith, by nature, is the most spiritually open. What you say matters. What you don’t say matters. Satan is intentionally and actively coming for the next generation of Christians because he knows the best time to uproot a mighty oak tree is while it is still a little sapling. Even if all you every did was faithfully, vibrantly, passionately, wholeheartedly worship the Lord, you’ll “birth” generations of Christians who look back, remember you and do the same.