Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. (Ps. 22:30)

“Do you want to accept Jesus as your Savior?” my dad asked. I did.

My father accepted the call to preach as a young adult and was pastoring a small church in the Low Country of South Carolina. One day during my ninth year of life, he brought me into his office for an important talk. He drew a diagram with God on one side and me on the other, and then told me my sin kept me from God. In the gulf, he drew a cross and said Jesus died there for my sins so I would no longer be separated from God. All I had to do was ask Jesus to forgive my sins and I could be with God now and after I died.

It was a simple talk and a straightforward diagram but one I’ve never forgotten. It was so appealing that, when the time came, I shared it with my children and they followed my decision.

Godliness would not die with the psalmist’s generation. Future generations would serve God through posterity hearing about His righteous acts and deciding to trust Him.

Nothing has changed. God’s presence in a person’s life through a faith relationship is not hereditary, but it can (and should) be a family tradition. After accepting the good news, we are responsible for passing it along through our actions and words. Certainly this includes family, as well as friends and strangers.

Accept Christ’s love, then share it with someone.

Martin Wiles loves using his writing to help others move further in their journey toward spiritual maturity.