Bringing up the Future
Today’s Scripture: Deuteronomy 3:21-28
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. – 2 Timothy 2:2
Do you know many people who are living with the next generation in mind? Probably not. Most of us have more than we can handle today without worrying about those who come after us.
It would seem that Moses could have been caught in the same trap with all he had to do, but he wasn’t. For years, he had been investing his life in a young man named Joshua. After Moses knew that he would not enter the Promised Land, and new leadership would be needed, we find him on his knees before God, asking God to make it clear who should take his place.
When Moses prayed, God pointed to Joshua as the new leader of the people. Joshua had already proven himself a man of courage in his battle with Amalek; he was a man of humility, having spent many years as Moses’ servant; and he was a man of faith, one of two men who had brought back a good report from spying out the Promised Land. Joshua was described as a man “in whom is the spirit.”
It has been said that “success without a successor is failure.” In the midst of your present Christian endeavors, are you training someone to continue that ministry? That’s what parenting is all about. And by the way, our children are one of our greatest opportunities for developing disciples of Christ for future years.
You and I have a great responsibility to pray for the succeeding generations of leaders for the work of Christ, that His work might flourish and advance long after we are in our graves. It all depends on which generation you’re living for.
Lord, I pray for the young people in our Sunday school classes and youth programs. May we teach, nurture, and love them into leadership positions for Your kingdom. Amen.
Who is the next-generation person you could invest your life in?