Who Are You in an OTG Generation?
We love hopping onto a bus, holding onto a snack in our hand to hush that growl in our tummies, carrying an iPad or a laptop along, just to make sure we’ve been jotting everything on our ‘To-Do’ list.
We are attending phone calls, e-mailing documents, paying bills, calculating taxes, listening to music all at the same time. As people who are never not in a busy moment, we love it when things get done on-the-go.
We don’t like being people who would want rather, to escape the fast paced module we’ve lived in, to quieten down, to slow down, to hush and to listen, to spend time gazing in stillness, out the window, taking time to pause. What’s the heart been trying to say?
Well, in an OTG life like ours, we aren’t sure if there’s enough time to think about ‘oneself’ or this little fist sized heart of ours that beats within and goes through a lot of highs and lows.
Our OTG lifestyle, as we try to keep up with deadlines and time frames, leaves us with no time for the heart, because of which we miss out on a lot of issues happening within the heart. Sometimes we miss out on our identity. because of which we lose track of this main problem, and that’s where most of the breaking begins.
So here’s a question:
How is that little fist-sized heart doing in the midst of the ‘on-the-go’ living?
Jeremiah 1:5 – “I knew you before I formed you in your mothers womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
These are words from the Bible that was spoken over Jeremiah by the sovereign Lord himself!
Verses like these make me happy because it is made very personal to the one the Lord was speaking to. There are so many instances where we see God being a ‘personal God’ to men and women of the Bible.
I’m glad Jeremiah recorded these words in his writings which portrays a picture of God talking to His people in a very intimate way.
Words like ‘I knew you’, and ‘I formed you’ showcase a very personal relationship between God and His children.
It’s like saying, I knew you before you had a mind of your own to think.
I knew you before you were given a heart to feel.
I knew you before you had senses that help you respond.
I knew you while you were a seed that was yet to see growth.
I knew you even before you’d know me.
I knew you before I breathed into you.
It feels so close and loved to be known by a God who is the beginning of everything.
The Lord who spoke to Jeremiah then, is the same God we know of today who still speaks to His sons and daughters in a very personal way.
The latter part of the verse talks about being set-apart and appointed.
This would allow me to say Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalms 139:15,17 is true!
After understanding and knowing a God so personal who plans, and sets us for the plan, I would love to pose a question to you: Are you truly set-apart or have you been broken-apart?
Has that fist-sized little heart that was knit by the Creator felt OK in a while?
Have you been hurt?
Have you been broken?
Have you been torn?
Have you been too stressed?
Have you been too stretched?
Have you been broken like brittle pieces of glass that are hard to fix again?
Or, have you become as hard as a nut that can’t be cracked or maybe as numb as a lifeless spirit can be?
Honestly, you ought to read Psalm 139:13,14 over and over again till the truth sinks within your heart.
v.13 – You made me all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
v.14 – Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
The Psalmist thanks His creator for creating him wonderfully complex.
For a long time now, a generation that was called to be set-apart, has been broken-apart!
The word ‘set-apart’ and ‘to consecrate’ go hand-in-hand, both having been derived from the word ‘consecrate’.
The enemy has outsmart a generation that has been called to be ‘set apart’ to break them apart. This happened with the Israelites too!
Have you been set apart for worship but your heart has been torn apart without worth-ship?
Have you been set apart to write but your heart has been torn apart without words to pen?
Have you been set apart to preach but, your heart torn apart without a testimony?
Have you been set apart to Father or Mother a generation but you’re torn because you grew in the fear of seeing bad examples of a father and mother?
Have you been set apart to be a leader but your heart so torn because you saw a bad example of a leader and now you hate being one?
There are lots of questions like these we can go on with. Here’s the real ask:
- Are you going to stop writing because you don’t have strength anymore? If you do, there’s a generation behind you that’ll stop.
- Are you going to stop worshiping because of that hurt so deep? If you do, there’s a generation after you losing out on absorbing the art of worship by being transparent and honest with your emotions before God.
- Are you going to stop being a Father or a Mother to a generation just because you saw a bad example? If yes, you’re going to pass the same mantle to another generation. A mantle of living in fear!
The Book of Judges talks about a verse like this:
After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things he has done for Israel. (Judges 2:10)
Let’s not make that our story, let’s become intentional about telling a million people about His works from a generation to generation.
As a set apart generation let’s strive to work hard and make a place that:
- Accepts broken people, but sees God mend their hearts.
- Accepts people who have no words left, but sees God breaking-forth worship through their lives.
- Accepts the physical and mentally challenged people and sees God use them to challenge a generation to take that risk!
- Accepts people who are bound and sees God set them free!
John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
John 14:12 – “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
Psalms 145:4 – Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.