Growing younger seems to be the aim of everyone.
As Church this is actually our aim, it’s an aim which goes back to the very roots of our faith in Judaism, which talks on “one generation will tell another of the glories of the Lord”, and themes such as ‘passing on the baton’ resonate with what we see in Scripture.
The Book of Acts (in fact most of the Epistles too) speak of Jesus handing us his baton, passing his authority to each of us, who in turn passes it on to the next generation.
A business adage says “Success isn’t success without a successor”… Barnabas’ ministry was successful because S/Paul picked up the baton and ran with it, Paul did the same for Luke and Timothy… Over the centuries various people have done this right up until now, to the time when the baton has been handed on to us.
So, the question is are we handing this on to our children, and grandchildren.
I heard one person saying about Church “well, it’ll see me out!”, which is not the attitude of the Spirit of God, reaching out to every generation in turn so that they can know the wonders of God.
In our culture we have lost what it means to be mentored, and in turn to mentor.
Often, we worry about our jobs and roles which maybe we hold onto a little to tightly? It is easy to blame another generation for not wanting to do things our way. Yet I am often brought back to Saul trying to place on the young David his Armour and yet David and a new way for a new time.
The Ordinal talks about “Proclaiming Afresh for every generation” but in fact what we so often do is simple “proclaim again” for every generation.
Maybe we need to look at what is the dust of a by-gone age, and what are timeless spirit inspired truths that transcend generations.
So, today, what can we do to help “grow Christ’s Church younger?”