We need to understand that God’s plans extend in both directions to all generations. God is always looking for a man or woman who will be servants of generational blessing.
Will you receive the blessings that come through history and bring life to all who follow after you? Will there be continuity from generation to generation? Will the circle be unbroken?
The prophet Daniel said of the Lord,
The Psalmist echoes,
There is no place in Scripture that isolates the work of God to a single, disjointed generation. May God help us to see that we are not alone; but intimately connected to the past and the future.
I think we need to ask ourselves a serious question; how can we be servants of the next generation? Here are some pastoral thoughts on what we need to do.
1. Respect the past. It gave life to you.
2. Review your history. God was at work before now.
3. Resurrect the first love and the first call.
4. Repent for laughing at the improbable.
5. Renew your attentiveness to the next generation.
6. Repair the gaps between generations.
7. Rejoice in the new thing that God is birthing.
Abraham was faithful to obey God and receive the promise by faith. Isaac was born and he gave the rest of his days to raising him to be the transfer of blessing to the future generations.
Isaac did what his father did. He received the promise of God and passed it on to his son Jacob. Jacob passed it on to his twelve sons. Israel gave life to Jesus. Jesus gives life to all.
Have you received and are you transferring the generational blessing that serves what is to come?