By: Tim Sader
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. (Proverbs 17:6)
My story started with two parents who played the biggest role in my life and spiritual development. Grandparents for most of us are the next greatest influence in our lives from the time of our birth. As I said last week we lived with my mom’s parents for a while when I was very young. My grandmother was fighting a battle with cancer for most of my life at that point. She was a very important person to me but when I was four she passed away peacefully in her sleep. My parents didn’t know exactly how to explain this to me. After finding out herself mom tried to ask me if I understood what happened. I put my hands on her cheeks looked her in the eyes and said, “Mommy, I loved her too.” Since I used past tense referring to my grandma mom knew I understood. My grandpa Bob was with us for ten years after she passed and He was probably the person I most looked up to growing up. When I was born he had a dream that I would be a preacher and I believed him that I would be. When I watched Jimmy Swaggart with him I would hold up the bible and act like I was the one preaching. From the time that I could talk and speak my thoughts I would share the gospel with all my friends and cry if they wouldn’t get saved or didn’t understand. Grandpa Bob was a part-time preacher and would do sermons at church when their pastor was away. He loved the Lord more than anyone I knew. Every night he’d say prayers kneeling beside his bed and he always had a song to sing. Many times I would sing with him; there is even a recording of me singing We Are Climbing Jacobs Ladder with him. He had such a joy for the world and he never met a stranger in his life. In almost everything he perfectly was an example to me of how we should love God and other people. He showed me the Godly morals and character that I most want to have people see displayed in my own life.
On Halloween 1950 something grandpa Bob made a decision and entered into a covenant relationship with the Lord. That legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. For generations now his God is the God that we believe in and future descendants will believe also (Gen. 17:7). Forever the love of God is with those who fear Him. His righteousness is with their children’s children when we are in covenant with and obey Him (Ps. 103:17-18). My grandpa turned his life toward the Lord and from that day forward he was completely changed. His children’s, children’s children know about God and have character that would make him proud. His grandchildren were a precious crown to him and because his children were raised right they were proud of him as we look up to our parents. In his lifetime my grandpa saw the Mighty One do great things. He saw the holiness of God and His mercy extend to future generations of those who fear Him (Lk. 1:49-50). I have had rough patches in my walk with the Lord but have never forgotten the lessons I learned from grandpa Bob. From the way I seen him live his life I am convinced that the only way to live my life is to live it for the Lord (2 Tim. 3:14-15). My grandpa taught me from infancy the scriptures and any wisdom for salvation and faith in Jesus Christ I have started with a dream that he had for my life.
Never stop speaking about the Lord or living your life for Him in the presence of future generations. They may seem uninterested at times but their heart is thirsty for truth and they are hungry for the Lord. You cannot fathom the value of your testimony in this lifetime because your influence will extend to future generations of those who believe. You have given up yourself to serve Him so He will honor you by loving the next generation because of your impact for the Lord in their lives.
Lord I ask that you would radically increase our love for future generations and that we would show them His ways by the way we live our life. Please help us to be relevant and loving to everyone we meet so that they may have an encounter with you. We thank you for doing mighty things in our life and we ask that you would see to your promises in future generations because of our love for you. In Jesus Name, Amen
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