Thesis: Gods vision of the kingdom is multi-generational. There is a place for all ages and the Holy Spirit is poured out on all.
There is a wisdom of the world that separates us not into generations, but demographics. I am soon to enter into a new demographic. The subtle implication is that I am very different those younger or older than me.
Next week I will be forced to leave the demographic that has been my home for the last 21 years Male 18-39. Even at 39 it was kind of inspiring to think that I had something in common with 18 year olds. After Wednesday [October 31] I will join the group of 40-62. Hooray! I can look forward to Senior Discounts.
According to their definitions, generation suggests a continuation while allowing for differences. A demographic is a division, slicing up group by certain criteria and making comparisons.
If we are going to be the people of God the continuation of ancient Israel and the heirs of Pentecost then we need to have a generational mindset rather than a demographic mindset. By a generational mindset I mean a perspective and vision that views all ages of people from Gods point of view and not from our limited point of view.
However, it is difficult to overcome the limiting demographic perspective. One of the typical ways we limit ourselves is we play the age card I am too old or I am too young.
Whats the Right Age?
God intends to use people of every age ...
If I were to come before you and say, Some of you are just too old. You need to retire and get out of the way. You would be offended. But some of you say that very thing about yourselves! Why are you offended if I say it, but it is justified for you to say so?
If I were to come before you and say, You younger ones need to keep out of the way and stay out of trouble. Stop demanding all the attention, you are young and you need to just wait until you get older. Not only would you be offended, but many adults would be too. But how is it that everyone would be offended if I say those things, but some of you and some of the adults often say Well he or she is just too young for that.
At every point in your life you are either going to be able to say you are too old or too young. Gods spirit rests on the young and old, on men and women empowering them all to serve
Institutional view of church orients us to think demographically it limits us.
Family view makes us think generationally it creates options that God works in.
When is the last time you took an interest in someone outside your generational group? To mentor them or to be mentored those of us who are younger need to be asking the older ones. Those who are older need to respond and be available.
Interpretation of the Cord of Three Strands Who is your mentor, Who is your peer, Who do you mentor?
Paul Gamaliel, Silas, Timothy and Titus
Let the older ones make the first move ... We must enter into their world of another generation incarnationally. We have to be ourselves, but we can still reach out to the younger ones (whether that means teens or middle-aged). If I can do it, you can too. We cannot fear being rejected Christ didnt.
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