LEGACY(The next generation)

This will be written for the generation yet to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord”(Psalm 102:18 NKJV).

There is a deep cry within the restless hearts of a new generation for authentic relationships with those who are more experienced with real life issues. They truly want to connect at a heart level with the older generation. But for many the reach is too much of a risk because of what they have experienced at the hands of authority figures(Sometimes in their homes and at large). This need for relationships with the older generation is not limited to Classroom or Post-secondary education. It is at the very core of trying to make sense of life. There is the fear of becoming what they have often seen in the former generation; abuse of authority, power & privileges; non-engaging parents, who themselves often did not develop the skills to model(verbally or physically) healthy, nurturing relationships. The interesting thing is that the scriptures offer much hope and insight for those who feel this way. They indicate that God is on the side of this often marginalized, underdog generation.

When God chose a man by the name of Abraham it was to restore a family image that had been marred by the break with God in the beginning. God found in Abraham a man not perfect but one who endeavored to order his life and future with a God-legacy in mind. “I know him that he will instruct his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD”(Genesis 18:19). Later, Moses was asked,”How will a people who had been in bondage for over 430 years believe that he was sent by God to deliver them?” The LORD replied, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,has sent me to you. This [is] My name forever, and this [is] My memorial to all generations”(Exodus 3:15 NKJV). Moses was to assure them that the God Who made covenant with each of the Patriarchs was their God as well. To enter into a covenant involves not just “Terms of an agreement” but a true relationship with another person. It is one thing to know ABOUT someone, quite another to get to KNOW the one in whom we have heard. Getting to know the God of my fathers brings assurance of both His personal interest in me and emboldens with faith’s that the promises of the covenant are mine. The apostle Paul states, “If you [are] Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”(Galatians 3:29 NKJV).

God was working out the family likeness from Abraham to Isaac then to Jacob over a cross-generational Timeline, if you please. Each embraced the God of their father at a specific junction in their life. For legacy to occur, there comes a day and a faith decision “That the God of my fathers will become my God”(C.f. Daniel 2:23;Acts 24:14).

THE BIBLE AS NARRATIVE

This is one of the beautiful things about understanding that most of the Bible was written in Middle-Eastern style, which is Narrative versus a Greco-Roman analytical approach. In other words, if you do not see yourself in the stories and events as “your” story you really are only reading someone else’s mail, “interesting perhaps but no relation to me”. And yet, when we read with hearts open, we encounter God’s personal “Love letter” to us.

One of the ways that God unpacks His writings to us is through gifted men and women who have encountered Him and are able to share their discoveries with the next generation, with the help of God’s Spirit. Not that they merely tell us what we should believe about God but they model their discoveries in real life situations. The goal of sharing the truth that has been worked out in life is that others may know their heavenly father personally. This sharing is meant to be also passed along to our family, friends and neighbors as we have opportunity. The apostle Paul had this in mind when he wrote to Timothy, “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”(2 Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV).

God’s message of hope is only Good News if others hear and pass it along to their generation in order that the next generation may know Him. This is in part what apostolic momentum means. Jesus said to His first disciples, “You did not chose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you”(John 15:16 NKJV). The Father could never be satisfied merely with the work of Christ in the earth by way of the Cross until He has “many sons in glory” like unto His Son”(Hebrews 2:10). That’s what a family legacy is all about. May we satisfy the Father’s heart and give Jesus Christ our Lord the reward of His sacrifice.

Copyright(c) 2012, Walter Fletcher Jr., All rights are reserved. This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from its original content. Send all correspondence to:WalterfletcherJr@gmail.com

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