Does Our Life With God Really Matter?

What is it we want to leave the nextgeneration?

We hear that question a lot today - often in political discussions about our culture and economy.  It strikes me as a really good question to be asking ourselves as followers of Christ. I read something last week that got me thinking…

One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts. 
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works. 
They tell of the power of your awesome works— 
    and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
They celebrate your abundant goodness 
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you. 
They tell of the glory of your kingdom 
    and speak of your might, 
so that all people may know of your mighty acts 
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 

 (Psalm 146:4-12 NIV)

We all find ourselves in conversations about our current political and cultural reality. I wonder what people experience from us as followers of Christ. And what they think about God after speaking with us?

  • Do we speak more about the majesty of God or more about the mess our country/world is in?
  • Do people feel our passion about God’s awesome work in our lives or more about the latest thing we’re ticked off about?
  • Do we celebrate God’s goodness, grace and compassion more than we criticize everyone and everything we think is wrong?
  • Do people hear from us that God is slow to anger and rich in love or that God is angry and so are we?
  • Do our lives point people to the glory of God’s Kingdom or to the glory of a previous time in our history?

What are we saying to the next generation about what we believe about God?

It's worth thinking about...

 

Fighting for your hearts,

Gary