“We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.”

Psalm 78:4 

Those behind us don’t need our regrets; they need our faith the dynamic of a living faith that joins the reality of change. They need us to become less interested in the good old days and more faithful to join them in the days they must make their way.

God is always raising up new generations but how are we participating in that process? How might we hinder that process? How might we help that process?

The Bible reminds us that God’s people are to pass along to the next generation the stories of God and His people. In Joel 1, for example, the inhabitants of Judah were told to convey a story about locusts to their children. Because the story had prophetic implications, it was an important part of the heritage of the people and thus it had to be passed on. In our text for today, Psalm 78:4, the message is similar. The older Israelites were to tell the young people the story of God’s work in Israel’s past.

The primary responsibility and authority for training a child clearly rests with the parents, it is an awesome task but it is also an awesome opportunity. But the responsibility is not the parent’s alone, parenting is to be done in the context of a community of believers. As a fellowship of be- lievers we will pass it on to the next generation, pass on that which we have received.

Today we have a message of salvation through Jesus and an opportunity to demonstrate a life of devotion to God. If you have passed the gospel to the next generation, your impact lingers. Even when your work is done, it keeps going. Your influence will never die. Telling what Christ has done for us leaves signposts for those who follow.

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