10th October 2020
‘Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and 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)
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
We recently travelled across part of our state and it was interesting to see the number of old buildings in rural areas that had fallen into disrepair and are no longer used, including some old churches.
When looking at some of those properties I wondered what the story was behind each of them. Did they fall on hard times? Did they not have a next generation to hand over to? What did happen to the next generation?
The successful continuation of farming properties, in particular, relies on the farm being passed successfully to the next generation and the next...and so too with the church.
Throughout the Bible we read that our God is passionate about generations, which is why ‘Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’ are so often mentioned together.
The continuation of God’s kingdom plan has always involved His people being faithful to the cause, but also being faithful in passing the baton to the next generations.
At this time in Impact we are transitioning roles and another generation is taking us into the future.
It is an exciting time, especially as we see a younger generation passionate for the Kingdom of God, and stepping even further into what God has called them to do.
One of the great rewards of previous generations is to see all of the seeds sown and sacrifices made over decades bear fruit, and we realise that the Church is in good hands.
Whatever generation you may belong to, it is good to know that none of us ever become redundant, but our roles will change over time.
Moses was succeeded by Joshua, Jesus raised up a team of disciples, Paul discipled Timothy, faithful men and women taught faithful men and women who taught…etc… and the pattern continues unto today.
Know this - exciting days are ahead and the Church of Jesus Christ is alive and well - we are privileged to be part of it!