Do you realize that the largest generation with the greatest amount of resources in the history of the United States is now in retirement: the baby boomers. And many of them are wasting their best years, living for themselves.
Is that you? Don’t waste your retirement.
On the other hand, the members of the next largest generation, the millennials, are just growing up and entering some of the most significant places of influence in the world. But most of them have never been discipled by mentors who love Jesus.
Is this you? Don’t make it all about you.
One generation is loaded with wisdom, time, and resources. The other has some of the greatest opportunities to change the world, but they need older mentors who love Jesus around them.
What are we going to do about that? Boomers, please give your life away to others! Finish well. Make it all about Jesus and his mission.
Millennials, you have many years ahead of you. Spend your years well and please ask for help! Ask an older disciple of Jesus to join you on your journey. Some of them don’t know that you need it and that you want it. Don’t go alone, like so many before you have done.
Why did I just go down this path? I did so because now is the time for us to get serious about Jesus’s mission together, and we need all ages in this game. Church has to stop being about us. It’s time for us to get back to what Jesus lived and died for. We need everyone in the game! If not, Jesus saturation will not happen.
Can you imagine what would happen if all those in retirement who know and love Jesus were to partner with the younger generation in this? Think about the thousands of missional communities that could be started all over the United States and around the world—and the thousands of people who would come to know and love Jesus as a result!
Stop and consider your life. How will you spend it, and for whom? Please take Jesus’s call to make disciples seriously. What are you going to do with your life? It’s never too late. Don’t waste it.
Jeff Vanderstelt, Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015).