Think about all your descendants - you know, the people who haven't been born yet. Think about your line extending a thousand years or more. This isn't about pride in yourself because of future generations, this is just the reality that your family line will most likely continue on and on. Even if you do not have children, there are children in your extended family that you can influence. Or there are those around you in your community or church that you can influence, and it may make a mark for generations to come. For example, I just recently met someone who is on the brink of giving their life to Christ. They were filled with so much joy because they were starting to understand God's love for them and want to keep coming to church and join a group because they want to learn more. When we as a church body invest our time into someone so they can come to an understanding of God's love and they commit their lives to God, we have just made another investment into future generations. So, think about those future generations and your family and consider how amazing it would be to see them continue to live a life of faith in our great Creator. Think about the idea that our family will follow Christ until He returns. How great is that thought!?
My husband's extended family is a small picture of that idea. His great-grandparents came to this country and lived a life of faith that they passed on to their (many) children. Some of those children went into full time ministry as pastors or missionaries. Their children passed their faith on to their children and more pastors and missionaries entered the family. Those children passed their faith on to their children (my husband's generation) with a few more pastors in the mix. The first family reunion I went to blew me away to see such a large extended family worshiping God together in their own chapel service. They prayed together and encouraged each other's faith. It was beautiful (and it still is). All week long, I have looked at psalms that remind us to live in a way that passes our faith on to future generations - to even consider how we could pass that faith on to those not even born. I want to wrap up this week with one last psalm on that subject; please use the link and read Psalm 48.
So many of the psalms I looked at this week was written at a point of danger or great difficulty and the authors continued to share their faith in God. This psalm tells of the great things that happens when we continue to have faith in God. That is the reality of life - we are going to have ups and downs, yet we can continue to have faith God and we can experience His greatness in poverty or prosperity. For as amazing as this psalm is in singing praises to the great things God has done, the last few verses are what caught my attention. Psalm 48:13-14 (NIV) says, "Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end." What a beautiful declaration! He is our God and will be our guide until we die.
Do you declare and pray that God is your God and guide forever over your family?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.