We must have the Father’s presence in His house. The attributes of futility are healed when the hearts of the fathers are turned towards the children and the hearts of the children are turned towards the fathers. We cannot live for our own needs or our own lives and expect to bring about life-giving change in the world. God’s plan is a plan of purpose. It is a matter of joining the generations in a multigenerational destiny. We must live with a third and a fourth generation in mind. We must live mindful of the generations before us. We must hold on to the principles of the past without allowing the past to bind us in an old method of administering those principles. We must hold on to the patterns of the past, but still reach forward to create new things that we have not seen, heard, or thought before. We must hold on to the values of the past without being bound by the vision of the past. There are eternal principles, patterns, and values in the kingdom that serve to set solid foundations for new expressions of God’s kingdom in the earth. The church is both new and ancient. It is built upon the foundation of the prophets and apostles.
Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
The principles, patterns, and values of God’s kingdom don’t change, but the house becomes a testimony of greater value. We must see ourselves as part of a multigenerational family that looks forward, thinks big, plans long, and connects people to God as their Father even in the generations to come. We must live to be a blessing in the earth, multiply that blessing by living for the greater value of others, posses the places of influence in the generations beyond us, and see the families of the earth blessed in the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God. The cultures of the world are not a substitute for the culture of the kingdom of heaven. The culture of the kingdom of God is meant to transform any and every culture of the world.
Matthew 13:33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
The culture of the kingdom of heaven is powerful enough to transform any culture of society from the inside out. It is not just a matter of accidental happening, however. It involves an embracing of the responsibility of that transformation in a generational way. It is the same for any cultural process. A culture can only be formed by embracing a revolutionary substance of change within a present society with an expected transformation. Milk can be transformed into yogurt when the living cultures of yogurt yeast are introduced into its substance. Only by introducing living bacteria in a greater way can we discover a greater product, such as cheese. It is the living substance within the culture that transforms the culture to become what it was not before.
What we do in our daily lives, and how we reach out to others in our daily lives, is going to be what will set the course for our future and the future of the church. It only happens when we stand up and accept responsibility for receiving the changes that only come from God our Father.
Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
A scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is not someone who journals in a book what God wants them to do. It is someone who accepts responsibility for life in a generational way and allows God to write upon his or her own hearts and minds in a multigenerational way. It is then that new things will be unlocked, and old things will be restored. The anointing of God’s presence doesn’t come just to make people free. It comes to establish life-giving people in the earth in a generational way.
Isaiah 61:3b … That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” 4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.
In order to be a Father led culture in the earth we must live with a generational dream and vision. Each of us must make it our aim to:
1) Be Life, Thus Live Life In a Contagious Way
2) Take Responsibility for Life
3) Join With Others
4) Work With Others
5) Influence Others
6) Identify With Others
7) Serve Others
8) Live For Others – Even For the Generations Beyond Our Day
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson