The opening verses of Psalm 78 reminds me how important it is for those of us who follow Jesus to tell the next generation about what God has done. My kids, our kids, have a million voices teaching them, enticing and inviting them, each and every day. They are taught subjects in school ranging from history to math to english to drama. They are invited by their peers, and those who are larger than life, to taste of the “good life.” They define what that “good life” is for our kids. They receive instruction on the internet, through their iPod, and through endless sources of media about who they should listen to, what they should buy, and even what kind of person they should be. The sad reality is that the vast majority of these messages, these lessons, make no mention of God–who He is, what He has done for them, and what He desires for them.
Life lived out of context, minus God, is an endless cycle of trying to find happiness, which proves to be so elusive, impossible to sustain. How will the next generation know unless I tell them? How will my children, and the other young people that I know, come to understand the greatness of God, the glory of His Name, and His provision for their lives unless I make it known to them?
Am I making Him known? I’m 51 years old. I know tons of folks younger than me. Do the conversations I have with those younger than me center around sports, music, or movies than around the the things of God? Do I share with them the lessons I have learned from His Word more than I share with them the latest “Top 10” from ESPN’s Sports Center? Oh Lord, use me to make You known today.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You would give me an awareness of the limitless opportunities You give me each and every day to make You known to the next generation.