Pastor Stephen Hayes
August 11, 2019
Main Idea– Good transitions must take place from one generation to another. Closing the gap is transitioning between what was, what is, and what will be.
John 2: 1-11– On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it." Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, "Draw someout now, and take itto the master of the feast." And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made of wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew) the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guestshave well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!" This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. (NKJV)
What is the Gap:
- It is connecting what was, and what is, and what will be.
- God spoke of himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; which represents the beginning, the middle, and the end.
- Moses mentored Joshua; which is symbolic of the beginning and the end. However, Joshua did not do a good job of mentoring others, and did not pour into the next generation. As a result, there were 400 years of silence.
- Generationally speaking, there is always a beginning, middle, and next.
- For us to survive we need to understand the three part mandate. For example, Grandparents focus on their children, their grandchildren, and their children.
- As the middle generation, we are responsible to pass on the wisdom from the previous generation (our parents) to the next generation (our children), who then pass it on the next generation.
- 1 Peter 5:5- Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (NKJV)
Lessons from the wedding at Cana to help us close the gap:
- John 2:11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.(NKJV)
- It is important to serve and teach together.We see that, traditionally, Jewish weddings always include the entire family (parents and children).
- Worshipping together is how we show the next generation what it means to believe God.
Lessons from the story on wine skins:
Luke 5: 37-39 "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine,immediately desires new; for he says, 'The old is better.' "(NKJV)
- New expressions of the anointing need new wineskins so they can be stretched.
- We are called to value both the old and the new. It is important to look back, but new is the only real option.
- As adults, it is important that we see the gifts in others and to provide a container for them to grow.
- In that passage, Jesus taught that new is an acquired taste."And no one, having drunk old wine,immediately desires new…”(Luke 5:39)
- We must see current situations as Father founded, Son centered, and Spirit driven.
What parents want to do for their children
- Invest in their inheritance
(Jewish families have their children invest in their inheritance as a way of contributing, but also learning to value it.)
- Increase their own personal value
As an example: practice chivalry from a young age.
- Say yes to everything
- When the opportunity is from God or parent directed.
- Respond like Mary, who said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.(Luke 1:38NKJV)
What every student needs from parents
- To know they are perceived according to their potential, not for what they are currently.
- SAY what you SEE.
- Share/give them a mental picture of what they are called to be
- Start a process to develop what you SEE and have SAID.
- Parents: see your child’s potential, and speak it before it is a reality.
- Be courageous. It takes courage to recognize the talent in someone else and to share it with them even when it has not yet happened.
- See, speak, and help to develop the next generation.It is important to see the gift and to give it a container to grow.
- Think in threes – Beginning, Middle and Next.
Reflective Questions for The Gap
- Closing the gap is about thinking generationally. Give an example of how one can focus on what was, what is, and what will be.
- If you are a parent, review the section “What Parents want to do for their children”. Which of those ideas is something you can implement right away?
- In the same way, review the section “What every student needs from parents.” Why, do you suppose, parents seem to have a natural ability to recognize undeveloped potential in their children?
- Looking at yourself, and where you are, what are some ways that you can see generational impact? Is it Father founded, Son centered and Spirit driven?