We often think of our lives as being only in the moment. There is much wisdom in the idea of living in the present and yet there is wisdom as well, recognizing that we are not the first nor will be the last. There are those who have gone before us and many will come after us.
As if I reflect on what is known as the “Triumphal Entry of Christ” in Matthew 21 a verse jumps out at me. Verse 9 states that “the crowds who went ahead of Him and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven.”
This passage stands out as it brings to mind the generations who have preceded me, my own life span, and those who will carry on after I am gone. From a spiritual perspective I am reminded of the Believers who preceded me laying a foundation in the Church as they lifted the name of the Savior to the Heavens and extended His love to all people.
Let’s recognize the generations.
- Celebrate those who have gone before us! Many are still worshiping, leading and serving among us. Their contribution to the Kingdom is still being played out as they engage in service and as we take up the mantle. Show honor and respect.
- Be involved now! You are making a difference in the Kingdom of God and you can choose how viable you want to be. Be available, be present, be engaged in the life of your church and do not waste the day waiting for tomorrow.
- Leave a legacy! Pour into those who will outlast you. Encourage those who are younger as they face daunting circumstances. Pray for the work, service and proclamation of Jesus, our Savior to continue in the years to come.
I was consulting with a church last year where many students have come to faith in Christ. The church has been a witness to the small town for well over 150 years. In the office there is a document dating back to the 1930’s in which a Bible study group is recognized by a national organization. I thought about how that group in the last century were giving, serving, and praying for future. Now another generation group has risen up followed Him and is proclaiming, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”.