"And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:22-24
We have our own lives to live, and God calls us to be faithful in them. But our faithfulness is about far more than just our own lives. We are also creating a legacy that in some ways is more important and lasting than anything we do while we are alive. God’s plan is for the Christian faith to be passed, not just from person to person, but from generation to generation.
If the Lord does not soon come, there will rise another generation that will be tainted and harmed if we are not faithful to God and to His truth today. We have come to a turning point in our lives, and if we turn to the truth, prayerfully our children and grandchildren will go that way; but if we turn to evil generations yet unborn will curse our names for not being faithful to God and His Word.
Think of what happened to the children of Israel after Joshua and the men who served with him died. Though they served God and were victorious, they failed to pass on a real active faith to the next generation. And as a result, there was a generation that did not know God nor the works that He had done for them.
The impact of our lives on the future should influence every decision we make.