I always love it when the Holy Spirit lines things up perfectly. For instance, this past weekend, we talked about prioritizing kids and I focused on Proverbs 22:6. It was not by my design that Proverbs 22 was a part of our year-long Bible reading plan that week but, sure enough, that is exactly what happened. For that reason, maybe it is a good idea to look at this one more time. The charge to prioritize kids is a charge to invest in our legacy. It is not just about doing a good thing, it really is about setting up the youngest among us to know God, grow with others, and change the world. And the fantastic part of this is that you don’t have to be a parent. Every single one of us has the opportunity to have an influence on the next generations and raise them up in the way they should go. I believe there are three different spheres of influence on the next generation that are critical. Parents: The primary spiritual caregivers for their children. As a parent, you have the greatest influence on your kids. No one will have the impact that you will have. Church: The Body of Christ comes alongside parents to help them raise their kids in a way that leads them to Jesus. The Church may not be the primary influence, but the Church is where children get a glimpse of what the Kingdom of God is meant to be. Intergenerational Friends: Barna research indicates that one of the primary factors determining whether or not a child remains in the faith after High School is whether they had friends in their life from another generation. This means, the influence you can have on someone else’s children for Jesus is one of the most critical pieces of their future faith.Each of these areas are different but so very important for the youngest generations to thrive as followers of Jesus. They need you to be a positive influence in their lives for Jesus and they have the chance to get that from a large number of people. The question is, are you a positive influence? Are you living your life in a way that shows the next generation what it means to follow Jesus? Or, are you showing them a shallow, unengaged, and lackluster example? How the next generation follows Jesus is largely determined by how we all follow Jesus as parents, as the Church, and as intergenerational friends.As I said in my message on Sunday, you do not get a choice in whether or not you are a witness to the next generation? But you do get a choice in what kind of witness you are.

Check out our website for more information. We always welcome new friends to worship with us. Find a location that’s close to you!
You can learn more about our beliefs and visit our video library to explore more topics like this one. You can also check out our events page to find out what fun new things we’re doing this season.

About the Author: Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson is the lead pastor of 2|42 Community Church where he is helping people take next steps with God. Prior to his time at 2|42, Tony served for 15 years in various capacities within the Methodist denomination. He has degrees in broadcasting and marketing from Vincennes University and Ball State University, and he’s also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. Tony is passionate about helping people discover and embrace their God-given purpose and potential. In his spare time, you can find Tony cheering on the Miami Dolphins or camping and fishing with his family.

Subscribe to get the latest messages

Leave A Comment