It sure is easy to think that nobody has ever lived through the trials and tribulations that we go through, and yet many have done so. Some times we might think that our modern age is so vastly different that we are breaking new ground every minute… but we aren’t really.
The modern life that we lead in the early 21st century is different in some ways though… Well, we are using computers aren’t we?
The challenges of every day aren’t really much different from what they were in the 19th century, except maybe for the speed of things. We worry about our families, making ends meet, keeping our jobs, educating our kids and keeping them out of trouble… so did they.
We deal with a culture that sometimes acts as if Christians came down from Mars… so did they.
We sometimes wonder about where our lives are headed… so did they.
That’s an important thing to bear in mind; we really aren’t that much different from people of the past. People in earlier times faced the challenges of their lives and times and came through it all. They succeeded in one great, awesome and magnificent accomplishment: They passed the Gospel of Jesus Christ on to the next generation so that you and I could have its blessings in our lives today, and in this we owe those who have gone before us a great debt of gratitude.
In this light, we must always remember that it is up to us, the Body of Christ in the second decade of the 21st century to ensure that we hand down to the next generation the love and sustenance of our relationships with Jesus Christ.
May we honor those who have gone on before as we lift up the Name that is above all names!