When it comes to sharing the gospel, we tend to think of the down-and-outers. “Go to Skid Row and preach the gospel to them,” we think. “Go into the prisons. Go into the jails. Preach to those people. They need Jesus.”
Thank God that we are never so down or out that He won’t reach out and save us. But let’s remember that up-and-outers need Jesus too. The people who seem to have it all together on the outside need the Lord as well.
Every generation needs to hear the gospel. Every baby boomer needs to hear it, and every millennial needs to hear it. And Generation X needs to hear the gospel too.
On the heels of the millennials we now have Generation Z. Experts have described it as the loneliest generation. The challenges and pressureddds that young people face today are, in many ways, unprecedented. And I think a lot of that has to do with social media.
I was an early adopter of smartphones and was very excited about them. But now I think they’re ruining our lives in so many ways. In fact, I believe they’re having a very detrimental effect on the lives of young people who live in a virtual world.
In this virtual world, they’re not able to communicate with one another. They converse through texting more than they communicate through face-to-face conversations. Maybe that is one reason anxiety and depression are so high among young people today. We’ve never been more connected and disconnected at the same time.
Every generation needs to hear the gospel. As the psalmist David wrote, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4 NKJV). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. For every generation, the answer is Jesus.
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