Acts 2:39 – ‘The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.’
Whilst it is true to say that God has no grandchildren (meaning that everyone must come to faith in Jesus for themselves), nevertheless it is also true that most churches grow through the transmission of faith from parents to offspring. The basis of this is not great parenting as such, or a thriving youth work – important as those things are – but the promise of God to bless our children – and all those who are far off. The fact that, at this moment in time, our children may not be walking with the Lord can be very distressing. But given that promises work on the basis of gift and not effort, then who knows what can happen? It is never too late for the gospel to work in a person’s life, and never too late for God’s promise over our children to become live.
Prayer: O God, thank you for the generative power of your word to touch not just my life but the lives of those near and far. Amen.