“You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian church in years to come.” (C.H. Spurgeon)
Think of those who knew the Lord before you, whose life-giving words affected you, whose intentional explanations God used to draw you. Think of children you’ve now spoken God’s truth to yourself. And imagine other children who’ll live long after you’re gone, who you’ll never know. They’ll be affected by words the children you’ve spoken to, by then grown adults themselves, will one day speak. You may have spoken to the very child God intends to use to stir His church in years to come!
And here’s a certainty: From your own past, to the far distant future, over and over through the ages, just as a tiny seed grows into a magnificent tree, the kingdom of God will flourish (Matthew 13:31-32). Nothing will stop God’s plan. And know this: If you follow the Lord, He plans for your life to affect generations you’ll never even see.
So will you pray with me? Lets pray we’ll, even when unaware, and even to old age, be faithful to His plan. Let’s pray that we’ll be alert and readied, when it’s convenient and when it’s not, making the most of every opportunity, speaking of our mysterious and majestic God. We want the next generation to know His ways. And the next after that. And the next after that. Each one, over and over, until the glorious day when the Lord Jesus returns.
O my people, listen to my instructions.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles
and obeying his commands.
Painting: Grandpa’s Christmas Visit by Norman Rockwell