Your Children’s Tomorrow
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Clean Up Your Act Now for Your Children’s Tomorrow
Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 8:1–21
Key Verse: Mark 8:18
Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?
Many of us in the church have some real sensory problems. We cannot see or hear properly, and we seem to forget easily as well. Jesus reprimanded His disciples because they could not perceive what should have been obvious to them. He was speaking of the seeing and hearing aspects of spiritual discernment and the ability to remember the things God said.
In general, a child’s knowledge of God and his level of spiritual discernment are a reflection of his parents’ knowledge and discernment levels. I have noticed two unsettling trends in generation-to-generation transfers. First, sin tends to grow progressively stronger with each succeeding generation, barring a genuine life-transforming encounter with God (for example, if Dad drinks moderately, Junior will drink excessively, and Grandson may be an alcoholic). Second, godliness tends to grow progressively weaker and less intimate with each succeeding generation where we simply pass down knowledge about God rather than lead our children into an intimate and vibrant relationship with God.
It is vital that you have twenty-twenty spiritual vision, highly developed listening skills, and an unfailing memory of God’s counsel and kingdom principles. The future generations depend on it! We cannot afford to settle for a la y spiritual lifestyle.
Clean up your spiritual act now so that on the great Day of Judgment, your child, grandchild, or great-grandchild will not come to you and say, “How could you be so unmotivated and unbelieving as to spend your life in church but let the devil beat you? We did not even have a chance because you never rose to your calling so we could walk into the callings God ordained for us.”
God will not give you anything that you do not see first. He has no surprise deliverances. Pray this prayer with me:
Holy Father, open my eyes so that I can see You in Your beauty. Open my ears so I can hear Your Word and live the abundant life. Touch my mind so I can remember and apply the wealth of wisdom You have given to me in Your Word and by direct revelation. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.