We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.  
Psalm 78:4

One of the greatest heartaches of my adult life has been to watch so many young adults who have grown up in our Christian homes and churches, who demonstrate so little interest in spiritual matters, or worse yet, claim to be Christians while living in ways clearly contrary to His Word. We have to ask ourselves what’s causing this lack of passion to follow hard after Christ. What’s happening—or not happening? Yes, each individual is responsible for his own choices. But I think we in their parents’ generation have to ask if we bear any responsibility for these trends.

Every generation of believers is charged with passing on a godly heritage to the next. We are responsible for the seeds we sow, and we must live with the harvest that results. We cannot plant seeds of halfhearted, undisciplined, worldly lives, and then hope for “crop failure” in the next generation. Our Enemy is determined to claim the children of God’s people for his purposes. His agenda is furthered when we fail to be intentional about pursuing Christ ourselves or about urging our children to do the same. That is not to suggest that the children of faithful parents will always choose to follow Christ, or that all unfaithful children are the product of unfaithful parents.

We know that is not the case in Scripture or in our own experience. It is to say that the next generation is taking its cues from us, as to what really matters and what they will choose (or not choose) to live for. Oh for a generation of parents who purpose to live out the truth before their children, and to train and nurture their children in God’s ways, trusting Him to capture their hearts by His grace, that they might not drop the baton of faith, but pass it on intact to their children.

Whether you have children of your own or not, what are you doing to pass on to the next generation the message of God’s character and ways and of His redeeming grace and love?

Excerpted from The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Used with permission.

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