A legacy mindset should be a defining marker of our churches.
June 6, 2017, 5:00 AM

Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 1 Timothy 1:18-19


There is a very personal element to one’s walk with God. This can’t be denied. The creator of the universe is crafting each of our stories. He wants to transform our heart and character to reflect His own. God desires for us to trust Him in every aspect of our life.  Yet, we miss the mark if we foolishly believe our faith is all about us: our needs, our comfort, and our sufficiency. The call of Christ is for each one of us to serve, give back, and invest in others. The blessings of God we’ve experienced weren’t meant to be held on to tightly, but rather to be shared and given away.


Deep down inside, each one of us wants to give our lives to something bigger than ourselves. This desire can be met by looking backwards. As a church who reflects the love of Christ, we must possess a relentless commitment to the generations that come after us. The next generation matters to God so they must matter to us.  A legacy mindset should be a defining marker of our churches. The culture we need to be nurturing is one where a body of believers rallies around and encourages the family. The family matters, it was established so that our children’s children will know God as God.  But, families can’t do it on their own.


Raising, supporting and encouraging the next generation was never intended to be a solo mission placed on the parent’s shoulders. Every parent needs someone saying the same things they are saying to their children.  Imagine if every toddler, child, tween, adolescent, or college student that encountered your church heard a chorus of people telling them of the potential they struggle to see in themselves. The message of them being valued in God’s eyes would ring out and maybe alter the course of not just one child’s life, but an entire generation’s. Instead of being bombarded by a culture that feeds them lie after lie, these young people would encounter a different way to fullness and peace.


In this day and age, young people find themselves in a battle over their heart and mind. As they try and figure out who they are and what they believe, they will wrestle, struggle, fail and doubt. The pressure to conform is greater than it has ever been. It takes a great deal of courage for a young person to stand out and be different while standing firm in their faith.  In the midst of their faith journey, they are hoping others will come alongside them and point them in the right direction. To put it simply, every child needs someone to fight for them and with them. Leadership, the ability to influence, is a profoundly human gift that is inside each one of us. The choice to lead and to impact is up to us.


There are opportunities out there for us as a church to impact the next generation. We’ve just got to go out there and seize them. However, it will be impossible to be the most influential voice in the lives of young people unless we all are engaged and willing to invest. Someone else needs to hear from you.


This is my Prayer:  Father God, I desire to leave a legacy. I want my days to matter. Lord help me to fight for the next generation. Give me the heart to care for those who come after me. Jesus teach me to point them towards Your amazing love. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.