There is a generation today that is missing. This is the generation of Godly saints, young men and women that never reached their mark. This is the generation the Lord wept over, a generation that lost its place in history. A lost generation leaves the next generation barren and without hope. As a family is strengthened through its generations, so are the people of God. Rather than giving hope and exemplifying a life in Christ, the missing generation has nothing to show for the Kingdom of God. It leaves the next generation with a dilemma. What does a righteous generation really look like? Is it really possible to live a powerful, influential life as a Christian? There is no hope in blaming the previous generation. On the contrary, the current generation must challenge itself to come back to what the Word of God says. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:3 (See also Jeremiah 17:8)
The Bible reveals the potential of a righteous generation, one that will prosper in every way. I am not writing off the previous generation as having done nothing for the Kingdom. The Lord did what He could with those that loved Him, but I will not grant them the glory of Christ as having fulfilled His perfect will for their generation. What I see around me are youth that feel God is distant. They feel God does not speak today and is not near to them because Christians around them have not been good examples. I say this with great sensitivity of heart. The generations before us have brought us to where we are. The church has made great strides, because God does fulfill His purposes. I am not proclaiming that everything has been lost to this point, not at all. I am however putting the responsibility back on us, as Christians, to become voices in this world, to be examples to our children, and to raise righteous generations. There are many icons for the Kingdom that we see in various spheres of influence but it is not enough. The majority of Christians do not walk in God’s will. One may say, “At least something is being done,” but that will never be enough. Thus, we see such a poor representation of Christianity in society. We are seen as religious bigots for the most part; we say we believe in God but we live just like the world. If we don’t walk in His will, we are merely following our own egos. God has no part in such hearts. The biggest evidence of one’s Christianity is love. Do you love all people equally, in and out of church? Do you open your arms to sinners the same you would to Christians? Do you love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind? (Luke 10:27) My intention is not to put blame on any generation, but to place the responsibility back on us for the next generation. The current generation has the responsibility of upbringing the next generation. If we live supernatural lives, we will set up the coming generation for the same. We will disciple them to be seekers of God and it will be common knowledge that God speaks. But today, let alone unbelievers, even Christians hardly believe in an intimate relationship with God. It is all about your love relationship with Him. We should be engaging with God on a daily basis.
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:27
I have always been a passionate advocate for youth to realize how real God is. I thank God that by His grace, at a very young age, I was able to understand His reality and how close He was to me. I understood that no matter what pleasure I would experience, nothing would compare to experiencing God. And so I have always advocated strongly for youth because they grow up believing life is better lived chasing after the lusts of this world. How little they realize. It angers and saddens me to see young people that have not had the proper upbringing from the previous generation to know the reality of a living God. The greatest phenomenon in the world continues to be the ignorance of the reality of God. I for one want greater for my generation. I want my generation to prove the acceptable, pleasing and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). Not everyone may answer the call, but it is not an acceptable alternative to simply believe for a response. We must stand alert in faith, bringing His kingdom to earth, knowing we have God Almighty standing behind us. When we act in such confidence, people will see God behind the scenes. Today, people have lost their faith in God, but when they see a generation that reflects the very image of God, they will seek after you. Every person in the world has an innate desire for spiritual matters. It is essentially because every living being is made out of spirit. Spirit is the evidence of life. It is God who first was but you also cannot separate God from man. God breathed His own breath into man to make him a living being. It is not God who is the problem; rather it is the Christians’ poor reflection of God that the world is not convinced in the reality of God. I understand the world will remain corrupt as a whole, but we can have a much greater influence in this world than we think. Jesus said to bring His kingdom to earth, implying it is possible and our very purpose. When we begin to walk in His glory, nations will seek after us.
With all that said, reflect upon these things, in five, ten years, where will you be? Do you believe God is indeed GOD? Being a regular church-going Christian will fade off. There will come a time in your life where the Lord Jesus Christ will come to the door of your heart and ask you once again, “Have you rejected yourself and chosen Me?” There will come a point in your life where you will no longer be able to lie to yourself about what truly lives inside of you. If Christ doesn’t have the throne of your life, you will assuredly see your own reign come to an end. At that point, you will either continue to deny the truth in ignorance and pride, or you will fall down to the feet of the One who so loved you; the One that broke His flesh for you. His name is Jesus Christ.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6
About the Author: David Vilkhovoy is a Youth Pastor Assistant at The Next Generation Youth where he spends his time ministering to youth on practical Christian-living. He writes for several online publications, including Faithfulbloggers.com and WordPress.com In his free time, David enjoys playing ice hockey, studying theology, and implementing innovative and creative designs in business and ministry. Born in Vienna, Austria and son to Ukrainian immigrants who moved to America based on religious freedom. David currently lives in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. He is a strong advocate for today’s generation to rise up into their rightful place. His latest project is The Standard Christian Epidemic, which is in publication. You can find him on the web at http://davevilk.com