ARTICLESESAN DIOCESE

OUR GENERATION- A CHOSEN OR A REBELLIOUS ONE?

1Peter 2:9 – “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.

 

I would love to start with the above verse of the Scripture because it points God’s ideal standard for what He perceives for His children, what we currently have in the world at large.

 

God’s original plan is that we are chosen but this is not the case as the events at the Garden of Eden still have cause to repeat itself every day. God choose the man and placed him at the Garden and what did he do, he rebelled against God.  What do we see in our world today, ‘rebellion’ – in the societal political settings, families, and even in the Church?

 

Keeping in mind the family, children, and teenagers as they begin to grow, start to exhibit a particular sense of unnecessary want of freedom. The Bible says the following: Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up the child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.

 

This is an aspect most parents missed. Here again, we see that there is a way chosen for a child to be trained. But the question is can one who is untrained train others? I mean the best way to train a child is to set or be an example for the child hen parents begin to fight each other, always busy and not make out time to talk with their children, gambling and moving with ungodly people, definitely, that child being trained but not in the way of the LORD, not in the way of a chosen generation.  1Timothy 4:12b says, “…set ye an example for the believers in speech and conduct, in love, in faith and purity”.

 

Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness abounds in the heart of every child but the rod of correction drives it away”.

 

Under the guise of human rights, the world has shunned discipline. Very recently, most of us saw the funny video of a boy telling the mother to calm down when he was about to be punished for repeating an offense. Yes, it was laughable but the essence of discipline is being undermined and trampled upon. Oh! Parents that are chosen by God, arise. See what the Devil is doing again to our generation; the Garden of Eden is at play again. Proverbs 23:13, “Withhold not discipline from a child, if you beat him with a rod, he will not die”. Many parents have neglected this. Even the Scriptures say, “the LORD disciplines those He loves”. Use the rod (the ord and discipline) where necessary.

 

Our children and teens now live in a generation where hard-work has been seriously abused and trampled upon and a ‘quick way’ to make it in life has been exalted even when such ways seem to be at the cost their souls. But what shall it profit a man if he gains the world and loses the soul?

 

There are times children struggled to be the best in their classes; I remember how fierce the competition was while I was still in school, everyone strived to get the prizes and represent in competitions and programs but what I have come to see now, especially with the negative influence of social media and internet, the youths are striving to win prizes in immorality, fraudulent activities (let me call it what it is ‘Yahoo’) and other vices even scary to name. Is this our generation? Is this the chosen generation God spoke of? LORD raise the generation we pray!

 

Children should note this that, they have a role to play in their own life. Proverbs 20:11 says, “Even a child is known by his acts whether what he does is pure and right”. I’m sure you have heard many persons say, “allow him/her be, they are just still children” the greatest excuse for the Devil to destroy our children. Timothy was a child who was taught right from the beginning (1Timothy 1:2). What about examples of Joseph (Genesis 37) and Daniel (Daniel 1:8) who in the midst of evil still stood for righteousness? Indeed, children, we have no excuse as we are surrounded by this cl of witnesses (Hebrews 12).

 

It’s time to go back to the drawing board, it’s time to sit down and study, it’s time to look at being a solution to our generation as God can use you to invent great things that will serve kingdom purposes and not being part of the problem. This is my working aim in life, to serve God and become a shining light even in my career and it covers every aspect of life. Here are some tips that have helped me thus far:

  1. I recognized that I need God. He gives wisdom and His thoughts toward me are to bring me to an expected end (James 1:5 and Jeremiah 29:11). So I committed my future into His ever-sure and trusting hands.
  2. I try to stay focused. Notice the word I used ‘try’. I realized that it’s not easy being focused on this generation, so I have to purposely focus. Most of us don’t want to give it a try.
  3. I try to study at least four hours every day. Now the time to read whether morning, afternoon, or evening, it depends on you. You must discover your time. Mine is early in the morning, a quiet and serene environment.
  4. I choose to be corrected. I never claimed to know it all. I know I need to learn. But the sad truth is that not many persons want to be humble enough to meet someone else to teach them especially their colleagues.
  5. I avoid unnecessary and unhealthy competition. I do my best at my own pace. I am quite a slow learner but when I do understand and get a grasp at what I am doing, I move at a very high accelerating speed. This is because I understand that everyone has their God-given ability and capacity. The earlier I recognized this, the better I put my efforts not looking or envying another.
  6. I started early. I don’t wait to crash study. When the term or semester starts, I start reading. When exams come, I majorly see myself reversing my notes. I even form my own notes.
  7. I have a big picture in mind. What do you want to become is a very common question but yet difficult to answer at a certain stage of one’s life. This pushed me to ask questions about various fields, pray, and then I finally found it because it gave me no rest. Imagine what you can do and the lives you can touch for God in your career. Think Big!
  8. I honor greatness. Some people have gone ahead of me in life and I admire them so much. These persons carry grace that can be transferred because the Scriptures say and without controversy, “the less is blessed of the greater” (Hebrew 7:7).
  9. I respect and honor my parents. This is the only commandment with a promise and it is right (Ephesians 6). Imagine how much your family has invested in your future; you won’t want all that to go to waste
  10. I keep the right company. Evil communication will always corrupt good manners (1Corithians 15:33). You know what is right and you can still detect wrong, these two are as clear as black and white. Choose your friends.

 

In summary, I believe our generation is chosen by God. We should begin to act as such. May I this, the generation chosen by God is the one that will make heaven, this is not going to be by chance.

 

ACM family, let’s begin to act as such.

 

ACM! CATCH THEM YOUNG FOR CHRIST.

ACM NIGERIA Administrator
The Anglican Children Ministry is an arm within the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion. It’s activities are subject to the Constitution of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
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ACM NIGERIA Administrator
The Anglican Children Ministry is an arm within the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion. It’s activities are subject to the Constitution of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.

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