2 Timothy 2:1-5, Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
After preaching for him last Sunday evening, I asked Pastor Goddard if we could meet for a bit and talk about the future. After visiting with my brother Pastor Joe and his wife Mary, we had a great time of fellowship yesterday. During the conversation we discussed, among other things, Millennials and Missions!
Folks, whether you and I like it or not, the Millennials are the future!
As with every other generation, including yours and mine, the Millennials, have their many character flaws. And, of course, it is always much easier to be critical of the flaws of others than it is to take an honest look at our own. Thus, you have “generational” wars! Rather than passing the baton to the next generation, if we aren’t careful we will use that baton to beat those who are different than we are.
Yet, as with every other generation, the Millennials have their strengths. According to Strauss and Howe, Millennials “have a strong sense of community both local and global.”
That statement sounds like Millennials have a lot of potential, especially when it comes to Missions!
There’s so much work that needs to be done for God. There are so many souls that need to be won. There are so many churches that need to be started. There are so many missionaries that need to be sent. Where will we get the laborers for this vast harvest?
The future labour force for Christ and the cause of Christ are the Millennials!
So here’s the question: Will our churches today be able to harness the potential and power of the Millennial generation for the glory of God and the good of a lost and dying world, or will we continue to criticize them?
As Christians, especially those of us in places of spiritual leadership, we are called to pass the baton to future generations. We have not been called to beat them over the head with the baton!
Just reflecting on the next generation of spiritual laborers and leaders!!!