MONDAY MUSINGS (special Tuesday edition)
“…he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.”
What a delight to see these words from Job 42:16 come to life at the Maritime District Conference last week. At least three of those being ordained into full-time ministry had a Pentecostal heritage that was stretching to a second or third generation of PAOC/PAON pastors.
How encouraging to see young men and women who are grateful for their Pentecostal heritage and at the same time desire to see that blessing passed on to future generations. I was impressed with the calibre of people being ordained – they may dress different, talk different, do ministry different than Dad or Grandpa, but they see something from the past worth hanging on to as they pursue a future that keeps the church alive and growing.
The more I talk with and listen to the younger generation coming behind us, the more I am encouraged that the PAOC has a great future. It is time we embrace a new generation of Pentecostal leaders as they carry us to a whole new level of effective ministry.
We need to take heed of the words that describe Job’s latter days: “After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before…The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” (Job 42:10 & 12)
Bringing this into the context of the church, we must not forget to pray for this new generation coming into leadership. Understand that they are our friends and we must believe that through them, the latter years of the church will be greater than the former!
Wouldn’t it be great to see the Church have “twice as much as it had before”?
Until next Monday…
P.S. For those who dropped a prayer hint that I would get some fresh lobster while in the Maritimes – your prayer worked!!!