Generational Multiplication

by Ashley Anthony

generational multiplication


“I see a generation

Rising up to take their place

With selfless faith

With selfless faith

I see a near revival

Stirring as we pray and seek

We’re on our knees

We’re on our knees”

When I hear “Hosanna” by Hillsong United, I can’t help but ask, “Am I part of a generation that will be remembered for selfless faith, revival, and prayer? Am I raising the next generation to live that way? How do I do that?”  I think Jesus gives us the answer through His private ministry of generational multiplication through disciple making.

Jesus provided His church with marching orders in Matthew 28:18-20 (the Great Commission).

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  

All followers of Christ are to obey Him and live as He lived in making disciples. Jesus did it and commanded His followers to imitate. Abide. Obey.

In Acts 1:8, Jesus further instructs His followers geographically—but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” 

All followers of Christ are to obey Jesus geographically in making disciples and reaching the whole world. Your Jerusalem is where your feet are.  Pray globally and act locally.  You have all the Holy Spirit you’ll ever have. Abide. Obey.

Finally, 2 Timothy 2:2 provides a beautiful picture of multi-generational multiplication as Paul instructs Timothy, his disciple—“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” We see at least four generations of disciples (Paul, Timothy, faithful men, others also…this is ever-growing, non-stopping as long as we obey).  We are Paul. Our children and others are Timothy. We train them to reach “faithful men” who will also reach “others also.” Abide. Obey. Multiply.

As mothers, we can be distracted by many things. Distractions can make the Great Commission look like the Great Omission instead in our lives if we are not prayerful & obedient.  I might think, “But, Lord, I have carpool, laundry, homework for the kids, dinner to prepare, a house to clean, grocery shopping, a job, a place to be, things to do.  We have soccer practice tomorrow night and games the next two days. I have 3 kids.  How can I commit to training more? We lead a life group.  Can’t someone else possibly handle that need this time? Am I really prepared to train that person?”

Jesus might respond with, “What a blessing it is to have friends, family, neighbors & the opportunity to meet new people. I’ve saved you and put you in those places and those situations around those people for a purpose. Look down. Find your feet. Know that I have a reason for you to be where you are today. Smile. Love them. Spread My Word. Make disciples.  It’s not how much you know but rather how obedient you are in following Me with what you know. Follow Me, and I’ll make you a fisher of men.”

I do not want distractions to take my eyes away from Jesus’ purpose in my life.

How is multi-generational multiplication lived out?

1.    The Built-In Disciple: God said to be fruitful and multiply. Moms have built-in disciples in our homes by God’s design.  Our kids are constantly with us and become imitators of everything we do, both the good and bad. The lifestyle we demonstrate before them will likely be replicated in their lives and impact the lives of others. Discipling your children is more than praying at meal time, reading Bible stories, and memorizing Scripture on occasion. Those are good things, but they do not necessarily point our kids to a lost world in the name of Jesus as He commands. We are to demonstrate a Gospel-centered, Jesus-loving and God-honoring lifestyle—both words, actions & non-actions—before them day and night and train them through the years to be doers of the very Word in which we’ve trusted.  Fueled by prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, the things we have taught them will be reproduced in the lives of their children and others as well (future generations). Our training should empower our kids with confidence, expectation, and anticipation of the great works the Spirit will do as they live out the Gospel. We have an abundance of resources to get you started in practically discipling your children.

2.    The Prayed-for Disciple: Jesus poured His life into 12 men. Eleven of those men impacted the world through their obedience in sharing the gospel and training those new believers to imitate Jesus in making disciples and reaching the entire world, beginning where their feet were. Also, Paul discipled Timothy, among others, who then discipled faithful men, who discipled others also. The Holy Spirit sends people into your life on a daily basis. Are you living in such a prayer-filled, expectant way that you are asking God to send you those He desires you to train to literally impact the whole world in the name of Jesus through generational multiplication?

Jesus said in Luke 6:40 that a fully-trained student would be like his teacher.  Examine yourself and your lifestyle right now. What am I producing by my efforts, words, and actions?  What is my strategy?  Am I making disciples at all?  If not, why?  If so, are my disciples of the standard Jesus demands who will be trained to take the Gospel to the nations? Am I training them to also train and multiply generations of disciples to literally reach the ends of the earth starting where they are now?  Am I pointing them out to the harvest in obedience to Jesus, or simply encouraging a comfortable, protected, and moral lifestyle?  Is the Great Commission and multi-generational multiplication only for pastors, deacons, and other church folks who “know a lot of things” and not for moms?  Is the Great Commission an option or obligation to you based on our lifestyle?  What would Jesus have you do about that?

We are ALL “in the ministry.” If you are a believer, you have a mission field and a purpose as you are going about your daily life.  Your obedience to Christ in making disciples will have monumental impact for the Kingdom. We show up. Jesus shows out.

Lord God, break our hearts for the sake of the lost world.  May we mothers pray for wisdom and faith to obey Jesus in multiplying world-changing disciple-makers in our homes and our spheres of influence.  This is not radical. This is biblical. This is Gospel-centered, Christ-honoring & God-glorifying.  Help me to continue what you began, Jesus.

“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lordhis power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” Psalm 78:4-7

Ashley Anthony

 

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2 comments

  1. Mary Abram says:

    Preach sister! Wonderful article my friend. I need this to remind me, here even in the trenches, to focus on my kids as my “built in disciples”. God bless you Ashely!

  2. Tracy Sullivan says:

    Beautifully written, Ash! I think there is no greater adventure than the Great Commission lifestyle, and nothing else in life can truly satisfy than being invited along in what God is doing in others’ lives. May Christ reside, reign, and reproduce himself in us to be realized in others through us always. You are walking it out with beauty, grace and joy, dear friend! Praise be to Jesus for his simple yet profound strategy to reach the world one to another through people like you and me. May many more mommas join in! 🙂

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