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I Will Declare Your Strength to this Generation!

Titus 2:1-8 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”

I have often been confused by the thoughtless concern that one cannot apparently grow spiritually in a congregation that is full of old folks! I have heard a great deal recently about the young not being engaged because the congregations are full of old folks???

Should the Body of Christ mirror man’s mind and the dismissal of the elderly in our general society; or should the Body of Christ be set apart from this? Philippians 2:15 should be considered as the answer!

Honest examination of these claims are something that is often overlooked. Are the young among us disengaged by the age of the members of the Body of Christ, or by lack of understanding, un-educated mindsets of entertainment, and by disconnected parents who themselves have not sought the wisdom of God?

If left to the youth and the whims of their emotional desires, what would happen to truth and reverence in their wake?

Did Paul know the answer to this question? Absolutely! This is why he placed a great burden of responsibility on the older members of a sound Body of Christ; to teach, train, and charge the young to do their duty!

King David knew that he had to trust in God, and God alone, as the true rock of salvation. To this end, he declared:

Psalm 71:17-18 O God, You have taught me from my youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.”

Two thoughts come to mind in light of this opening:

1.       To the elderly, who may think that there is nothing for you to do, no real place for you in the service of the Lord. I challenge you to take a keen interest in the life and hearts of your youthful brethren (as commanded by Christ Jesus through Paul). Do not wait to be asked, invite them to spend time; share your knowledge of life and service to the Lord. Demonstrate God’s strength to this generation!

2.      To the youth, do not see the elderly as anything except life and spiritual libraries. Learn from them how to control emotions, choices, and reason. Learn from them to build your own life on foundations that will not lead to shame! Most importantly, learn from them how to place God first, and truly live to this goal!


May God’s wisdom prevail in the hearts of mankind through Jesus Christ the King. Amen