God Has No Grandchildren

Happy Monday, y’all! Today I’m sharing another post from the vault; originally shared in 2008, it’s still as relevant in my walk with Jesus as it was back then. It’s been edited for clarity and relevancy to my life today, so if you read it back then, here’s your invitation to take another peek!

“God doesn’t have any grandchildren. There is no such thing as a second-generation Christian. The battle of faith must be fought alone, again and again, each time as if it were the first.” – Michael Pearl

This is one of those statements that seems painfully obvious. Like, it’s not news to most Christians that each person’s faith walk is, well, personal. And honestly, I’d probably skim over this gem and dismiss it some days, because when I’m in a hurry or feeling unfocused, I’m guilty of that. Wisdom is often hidden in plain view because it feels trite when you haven’t given it some pause and reflection.

Still, today, this simple little truth hits home for me. Maybe because I’m missing my Dad. He and my Mom are ‘first generation’ believers. Neither came from an overly religious home, and together, they made the decision to raise their family in an atmosphere fully and wholly dedicated to faith.

In other words, I grew up playing under a church pew, y’all.

Here’s the thing about churches, though; a whole lot of emphasis is placed on a person’s pedigree. An established heritage, especially when it reaches back generations, often means that children and grandchildren of esteemed pastors or ministers are placed in positions of ministry or authority in the church structure in which they may or may not be prepared to serve.

I believe that those rich, established heritages are a blessing from the Lord. I pray that my children continue walking in faith and proudly carry the heritage we are building for them. I’m truly happy for folks who can point to great-great-great-great grandparents who carried the banner of faith before us.

But that’s not my story.

My parents came to love Jesus on their own. Not because their families walked in the truth, but because they were seeking something more. And while I’m wholeheartedly grateful for that, the church culture I was raised in is filled with celebrity-status leaders. You know those, right? They’re the ones who are famous because of their super-holy surname.

It’s like having a VIP pass. I mean, you are totally ON THE LIST.

I’m not naïve enough to believe that the churchy versions of the Rockefellers and Hiltons don’t have their own set of problems. I’ve lived in ministry and understand the ‘fishbowl’ lifestyle, where everyone scrutinizes your decisions. It can be intimidating, y’all. But it’s also a lifestyle that comes with the blessings of generational prayers – godly great-great-great-grandparents who prayed anointing and blessings over their families.

Good news for the rest of us, though; that’s not getting anyone a golden ticket into the pearly gates.

We start out in this on the same level. We’re newbies. We all get one life, a full energy bar, and ample opportunities to pick up spotted mushrooms with truth and knowledge bundled inside.

Or maybe that’s just Super Mario, IDK.

Here’s what the Bible says about my responsibility to pursue my own salvation, regardless of my granddaddy’s choices;

“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Phil. 2:12b-13

He’s working in me, on a personal, individual level. Not because He just happens to be in the neighborhood visiting somebody else, or because I’m hanging out on the fringes of the VIP section, not cool enough for a ticket.

He’s calling on me.

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter 2:9-10

Whether you’re steeped in heritage or you’re seeking truth on your own, you are called to Him. You’re marked as His child, you’re showered in His love, and you can hold your head up in the presence of the most pedigreed Christians in the world.

Keep walkin’, friend. Your destiny is just as important to Jesus as that of any other Christian, and future generations will reap blessings because you’re sowing them.

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