Monday, June 9
Posted: Monday, June 9
1 Kings 5:1-6:38
Verse of the day:
Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. (Psalm 127:4)
Have you ever gone hunting without ammunition? Try it and you’ll certainly come home empty handed and hungry. The same is true in the church. If we fail to reach, disciple, and invest in the upcoming generation, we’ll lose our future firepower and one day our local church will be empty and the community will be starving.
In this verse, King David compares children to arrows. Consider for a moment how arrows are created. Sticks are not arrows by nature and arrows don’t grow on trees, but they are shaped and formed from knotty, rugged wood. With careful, painstaking precision, they are smoothed and polished so that eventually they become a useful tool in the hands of a skillful hunter.
This week, my wife and I are going to watch our oldest daughter receive her high school diploma, and we couldn’t be prouder. Not just with her academic marks, college choice, or career goals, but mostly because of who she has become. So many people have been a part of shaping her into the woman she is today: her mom, her sister, other family members, pastors, teachers, mentors, bosses, friends, and on and on the list goes. We are forever grateful for the investments of so many. She is a serious arrow in the hand of God but it has taken years of honing and growing.
The lesson is simple: Invest in the next generation today. If you have children or grandchildren, take some time to polish them with wisdom, encouragement, and mentoring. Become a children’s church worker, Sunday school teacher, or boys or girls club mentor. Lift up the often overlooked young. The accumulation of all the little investments over time will propel the next generation to hit the mark of the high call of Christ Jesus.
Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor