The Next Generation of Servants

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
I pray that all is well with you this week. As I was praying this morning, some concerns came to my mind. Earlier this week I read an article by Greg Koukl. He said, “The most important generation is always the next generation.” As I thought about this I realized that there is much truth in that statement. Judges 
2:10 says, “That whole generation was gathered to their ancestors. After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel.” For the next generation to know the Lord, the current generations in the church must be all about teaching  and training them.
 
This brings me to a concern that was brought to my attention this week. Some children who have been coming to Elmdale on the bus have recently started attending the Jehovah’s Witnesses church (which is of course not Christian at all) because the JW’s have been working hard in their apartment complex. 
 
What can I do, you may ask? Prayer is important. But prayer if not followed by action in situations like these is not enough. James 2:17 says, “in the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.” The Lord is calling some in our church to serve. And pass down the gospel and the biblical worldview to this new generation. Alone you may not be able to do much, but in the power of the spirit and together as a church, the Lord will do great things.
 
As Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest send out workers into His fields.” Then, if you have the courage, make Isaiah’s prayer your own: “Here am I send me.”

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