Today, I recalled an impression that I got in a Prayer Tower session a few weeks ago. Somehow I felt that Generation Z will be a catalyst for the restoration of the tabernacle of David. This new generation will restore the heart and ways of worship and creatively produce new songs that will move God’s heart. Until the glory of God will be manifested fully on earth as it is in heaven (Isaiah 6:3, Habakkuk 2:14). It is very important as it’s strongly related to Jesus’ second coming.
But before that happens, in order for them to effectively function as they purposely created for and to fulfill their destiny, they need to be renewed in their minds and spirits. Now the questions are: ‘What are the things that needed to be restored from this generation?’ and ‘How to do so?’
VANITY INTO VULNERABILITY
The first thing that comes to my mind and I notice is really strong nowadays is vanity. There are so many pressures emerge lately because of the rising of social media and real-time access to information. Everyone can see anyone’s life every single day. They compare their life to theirs. And they know that they’re being watched too! So most people tend to display the perfect life they want other people to see. They are covering flaws and imperfections inevitably. It creates more and more pressures and insecurities these days.
In fact, we will never succeed to bring the glory of God if we are busy building up our own glory. We need to realize that it’s more important to please God than to win the approval of our society (Galatians 1:10). And that, vulnerability is the key to God’s heart so that His power may work fully in all of us (Psalm 12:15, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
With vulnerability, we can be a better witness of God. We don’t have nothing to hide. We can testify how God works wonderfully in our lives, but also to share how hard is the process of learning and molding our characters according to His will. The vulnerability is key to be a more relevant church to this generation!
PRESUMPTION INTO HUMILITY
Moreover, the quick and instant access to information makes everyone feels knowledgeable about anything as if they are always right. We can google about everything on the internet and most of us believe that it’s always true. We often forget that there’s also this thing called ‘hoax’. This presumptive habit makes this generation so quick to believe what they hear, to judge people according to what they think they know. On the contrary, the Bible says “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).
The Bible also says, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight” (Romans 12:16). It speaks about humility. A person who thinks that he/she always right, will never learn something new. He/she will never grow in his/her characters. And most importantly, this will block the stream of knowledge that God wants to pour upon us.
SELF IMPORTANCE INTO SELFLESS HEART
Last but not least, this social media age also facilitates us to speak up so freely and so easily. Everyone can say whatever they want, to whoever they want, often without consideration of other people’s feelings, or what it might cause to the greater good. It, more or less, affects the characters of people in this generation. Most people are feeling so entitled to their opinions, even if it’s sacrificing unity and harmony of the society. We can see hate speeches, rude comments, unfair judgments are widely happening on the internet, and even in real life nowadays.
But let us do what the Bible says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, but as the subtitle of this Scripture titled: ‘Behave Like a Christian’ (NKJV), let us not be a Christian who doesn’t act like one. Ask God for His heart, a selfless heart which cares so much about generations and people, even with a lot of sacrifices as the price.
GENERATION Z IS US!
I just realized it now (as I write) that this Generation Z is not only about the generation of people who are born after the year 1999 until now (as I read). Generation Z is about today’s generation. It’s about a new culture that is being introduced by the world nowadays. The challenges of this generation are ours and their promise of restorations are ours too! Wohoooo…!!! Praise the Lord!
Grateful for grace upon grace for these generations,