The goal of the race is to become more like Christ - Christine Caine from Unstoppable
Passing the Baton of Faith to the Next Generation by Christine Caine, from Unstoppable
A Generation Who Did Not Know God
Joshua was the man God chose to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land, and he displayed incredible strength and courage in doing so. He was a mighty man of faith and an inspiring leader, but look what happened:
The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten... After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel. — Judges 2:7-8, Judges 2:10
I find it almost incomprehensible that after living a life of such great faith, seeing countless signs and wonders, and winning so many victories, Joshua and his generation dropped the baton from one generation to the next. By God’s grace, they had defeated the Amalekites, crossed the Jordan River on dry ground, seen the walls of Jericho come down, and even seen the sun stand still. Yet after all of these miracles that showed the power and provision of a mighty God, the next generation - an entire generation - did not know the Lord or the work he had done for Israel.
What happened? Where was the legacy of Joshua’s generation?
Were they so busy defeating foreign armies that they forgot to remind their children that it had been the Lord who fought for them? Were they not purposeful about passing those stories on to their children? Did they not encourage their children to encounter God for themselves? Maybe after many hard years of war, the parents dropped their guard, complacently dwelling in cities they had not built and eating the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards they did not plant.
We don’t know what happened, but something went horribly wrong. Whatever the gap, it had a crippling effect on the next generation. Whatever the reasons may have been, someone somewhere dropped the baton of faith. They stopped carrying on the baton of faith, and a great big God became so small in the eyes of his people that an entire generation could no longer see him.
Yes, we have a tremendous responsibility. Hand off the baton well and we represent God as big to the world around us. Hand off poorly (or worse yet, stop handing off at all) and we represent God as small to the world. Then all of the ground we have taken can be quickly lost as an entire generation is left unreached.
What Do We Hand Off to the Next Generation?
As the Church, we are entrusted to pass the baton of faith from one generation to the next.
The goal of the race is to become more like Christ.
The baton is Christ at work in me and through me to the world.
The race is the process of becoming like the one I’m running toward, Jesus Christ.
Since our race is focused on Jesus and His work, we’d best turn to Him to ensure we understand His priorities.
What is at the heart of this “work” He wants to do in us and through us? Fortunately, we don’t need to guess. Jesus told us in no uncertain terms. A teacher of the law asked Him this question:
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? — Matthew 22:36
Jesus’ answer has come to be called the Greatest Commandment.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” — Matthew 22:37-39
It’s clear, then, since Jesus says this is the greatest commandment, that our top priority is to love God with everything we are and to love our neighbor. Love is the work of Christ - both in us and through us to the world. And knowing that we can be slow learners, it’s fair to say that learning to love God - so completely, so entirely that we do so with every fiber of our heart, soul, and mind - is a lifelong process. Christ in us has a lot of work to do!
We are capable of loving God only because He first loved us. His priority, His work in us, is to continually transform our ability to love God and love our neighbor to an even greater level from whatever level of ability we have at the moment. (This is why we never retire from the race as long as we live on this earth.)
After His resurrection, before He ascended to heaven, Jesus made a second crystal-clear statement about His greatest priorities.
We know it as the Great Commission.
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. — Matthew 28:19-20
My observation is this: the Great Commission is clearly the logical outgrowth of the Greatest Commandment. If we love God with all that we are, then we want to enjoy Him and be with Him and live in His presence forever. Am I right? If the deepest and most all-encompassing love of our life is God, what could be more important than living in His presence every day of our lives on earth and for all eternity?
So likewise, if we love our neighbors as ourselves, we want them to know and enjoy that same thing; we want them to know God, enjoy Him, and live in His incomparable presence all the days of their lives on earth and for all eternity. True?
Therefore, the more the Greatest Commandment grows in our lives (the more we love God and neighbor), then the more the Great Commission grows in our lives (the more we want to invite others into living for and with God now and forever).
Do you see the critical link here?
If we love, then we want to disciple - to lead others to Jesus and teach them to follow Him. If we disciple, then we must love. We cannot do the one without the other.
I want to propose a radical thought for you to consider.
I believe that every baton God gives us, no matter what it might be, puts into practice one or the other or both of these priorities of God. The work of Christ in us, His work in our own lives and through us to the world, fulfills either the Greatest Commandment (to love) or the Great Commission (to make disciples) or both.
Every baton you carry has the potential to push back the kingdom of darkness and advance the Kingdom of Heaven. As you spend your life running time and again back into the exchange zone with your eyes fixed on Jesus, you too can strive to hand off as many batons as possible, exponentially multiplying your impact on this world. Excerpted with permission from Unstoppable by Christine Caine, copyright Christine Caine. Published by Zondervan.
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