My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, September 8, 2012
From one Generation to the Next
Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation.
(Psalms 48:13 NASB)
For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.
(Psalms 48:14 NASB)
God had always been faithful to his people. This is his nature
and God's nature is unchangeable. Somehow the Israelites needed to be
constantly reminded of the faithfulness of God, for they seemed to
forget. The people needed to trust in him and share that from one
generation to the next. It was important to understand that the
faithful nature of God meant that his presence would be a constant
We've all heard the different lines. "God doesn't have any
grandchildren." "The church is only one generation away from
extinction." And while these may sound like cliches that we've heard
far too often, maybe we need to reflect upon them in a sober manner.
The reality is that we ARE just one generation away from extinction and I
believe that we are seeing this come to fruition with lightening speed.
The children of Israel were as well. This is not a new problem, it is
one which the people of God have faced over and over again throughout
history and there have been moments in which his people have had to
realize that they were at a crisis moment and take action.
The action begins by examining ourselves. How are we living out our
faith? Are we living out our faith in a manner which would be pleasing
to God? Is our faith consistent with the way in which we live our
lives? If the young people of today look at us and examine our lives
and our lifestyles, would they see God there? They want to see genuine
lived-out faith in community. If they do not see us living our lives
consistent with what we preach or consistent with our convictions, they
will not buy into our faith. Let's consider the church -- the city --
the world in which we live. May we be faithful servants of God, taking
his presence to every nook and cranny so that the world, and the next
generation will see that God is alive and well.
Lord, please help me to look at myself and my short-comings and may
you cleanse me and keep me on a pure path. May my lifestyle reflect
you to the world around me! Amen.