Two Generations Walk Together // 兩代同行
是時候讓我們起來回應神的呼召，回到神的誡命裡，正如我們的上一代一樣。 It is time we rise to God’s calling, to live in His commandment, just as our previous generations did.
Whenever we talked about bringing the generations together we often quote, “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Malachi 4:6
When we try to understand the meaning behind this scripture, we often put emphasis on the first part of it – fatherhood – for we have been touched by God’s work through our pastors.
We have seen that our previous generation – our pastors, or even their pastors, have been transformed in their lives and ministries – for their hearts have been turned to us.
They are willing to put us before their ministries; they are willing to turn from one-way commands and teachings to guidance and to walk with us; they are willing to see us walk further, faster and farther than they have – for they are willing to see God’s glory magnified on this land; for they love us.
Over the last few years we have seen many broken hearts healed and many spiritual orphans embraced again by parental figures – all because of their ‘turning’, their commitment and willingness to walk with us.
Because they are willing to let their roofs stand as our floorboards, our generation has more resources, a greater freedom, and a wider safety net, allowing us to live out our callings and dreams from God every single day.
Over the years we’ve been witnesses to the blessings of parents turning their hearts to their children. This ‘turning’ is still happening on a daily basis, and this blessing is spreading on a daily basis too. Surely, this is what God has commanded, therefore what He has granted.
Yet I dare say that this is not enough.
We tend to think that ‘children turning their hearts to their parent’s is a by-product of ‘parents turning their hearts to their children’ – yet I dare say that this is not true.
Just as it takes parents’ initiative to meet God’s will to turn their hearts to their children, it takes us making a stand to let our hearts be turned to our parents.
When the previous generation turned their hearts to us, it was more than giving us a hug when they felt moved, more than giving us a call when they had spare time, more than buying us dinner when they could afford it. They paid a price. They deliberately broke out of their comfort zones, they took extra risks for us; they paid for us what they did not receive from the generations before them.
We see in both the old and new testaments that God has called parents to love their children and children to honour their parents. When the parents’ hearts were turned to the children, they responded to God’s calling and command; and it is God’s specific calling for our generation to have our hearts turned to our parents. We need to respond to this command.
It is time we rise to God’s calling, to live in His commandment, just as our previous generations did.
This starts in our every word, act and day – this is a price to pay.
‘Children’ of the 80’s and 90’s, let us make a decision before God; let us turn our hearts to our parents.