Those Who’ve Gone Before


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!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to Those Who’ve Gone Before

  1. Kitsy says:

    You are right. There is nothing new under the sun…well, computers, maybe.

    But, to read some blogs, you would think spiritual warfare is new, or at least greater than it has been, and that we are in danger of losing the battle…and that is wrong. Furthermore, fear and discouragement plays into the hand of evil. Not only do we need to pass on our faith, we need to remind our children: The battle has been won. Jesus was victorious over death and evil on the cross. What is left…what is going on now…is the playing out. Keep a strong heart. Christ is victorious.

    We forget that this is not heaven; this is the life before the afterlife. (I know; I keep repeating that.) This is where the battles are fought and the tribulation will take place. But we have eternity to look forward to. And, even now, here on earth, we have the love of Jesus and the peace of God the Father.

    Thanks be to God and to Him, the Glory.

  2. pipermac5 says:

    Yes, we DO have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks to my dad’s early Bible teaching, and the many good pastor-teachers I have sat under through the years, and my dad’s passion for serving the Lord, I am now in the ministry. Dad didn’t live to see this day, he died in October 2013, so he didn’t get to see the fruits of his labors in me, but I am sure that he always dreamed of a day when I would also be in the ministry.

    Now it is my turn to help raise up more laborers in our Lord’s mission-field. That is what making disciples is all about, raising up new disciple-makers, something I am striving to do with God’s help. I DON’T feel like I am adequate for this task, but that is okay, because our Lord is MORE than adequate. I give it my best, and leave the rest up to our Lord.



  3. rlduke says:

    Great picture!

  4. jimbelton says:

    The atheists scoff at finding truth in the writings of bronze age desert dwellers and mock Jesus as an illiterate preacher from rural Galilee, a backwater district in an unimportant province of the Roman empire. And yet his ideas those of his followers were so powerful that they were adopted by the Romans, spread across Europe and much of Asia and Africa, and later brought to the new world. Like the Illiad and the Odessey, the Torah, the gospels, and the letters of Paul, and the apocalypse of John the divine will continue to reverberate in the collective mind of humanity.

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