One particular passage that stands out from today’s reading is v. 12 where it starts out “These are the generations of….” Several other times in this genealogy and obituary of Abraham, it starts off with “These are the days of…”, “These are the years of…” or “These are the sons of…” but the word generations shows the lasting legacy of the faith that Abraham passed down.
Here at CPC, we have been talking about “Leaving A Legacy” quite often in our High School Ministry. We have a large senior class that wants to make the most of their last year in High School for Jesus. They have seen God do amazing things through them from their middle school years to now and they don’t want to waste their last youth group days and leave CPC with regret like a lot of seniors do. Part of that legacy is investing in the younger students in our church and the younger students in their school that most seniors would usually not give the time of day. It’s important for Christians to think of the future generations to come and what they’ll do with Jesus.
I bring all of this up because I’m reminded of the legacy Abraham left in today’s Jumpstart passage. Father Abraham did have many sons and as we read about his heritage, we are reminded that an imperfect dad passed his faith down through a perfect promise made by God. God is faithful in His promises and we need to be faithful to Him. Part of that faithfulness is thinking about the future.
If you attended SLG last month you heard that 2 of our top 7 objectives are student ministry and children ministry. Proclaiming the Gospel to the future generations to champion it to their kids and their kids and so on. But it’s not just the children and student ministry leaders who have a responsibility to this. It’s every parent at our church who has been given the gift of children to raise in a home where Christ is at its center. It’s every single adult who uses their free time for ministry and prayer over recreation and hobbies. We must do all we can to make sure that we are a church with a Gospel movement for the future instead of a museum for the past where we reflect on the good ol’ days of CPC. God used our seniors in huge ways at our church and He’s not finished with them in their final year of High School. In the same way, God’s not finished with you as we leave a Gospel legacy with others.
How have you invested in the future generation with the Gospel?
By: Erik Koliser