The Next Generation

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 78:1-12

I am a Christian today not because of some flaming evangelist, although I heard some good ones. Not because of my pastors, although they were very faithful. From the human side, I am a Christian because I saw in the lives of my parents that a person’s relationship to Jesus Christ is more important than anything else in the world.

The Psalmist mentions again and again that we must pass on the faith to the next generation. How can we do that? Like my parents, to have Jesus Christ as the top priority of life. And especially to be sincere in our faith. Nothing will drive our children away from Christ as much as our hypocrisy.

As the Psalmist says, we must talk to them about our spiritual heritage. But above all we must live out that heritage in the presence of our children.

They see whether your family devotions are important to you. They see how you use your finances. They see if shabby excuses keep you from worship. The most important factor in leading your children to Christ is example, example, example. It is also very important to pray for them, to pray, pray, pray.


Father, work powerfully by your Spirit in the hearts of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. For Jesus’ sake. Amen