I am privileged to have part of my worship team between the ages of 21 through 24. The reason I say privileged, is because I have a great opportunity to help mentor these young adults into the great things of God. I have been around the church circles most of my life and I have seen the generational gaps between the young and old.
Generational gap plainly means: The difference of outlook or opinion between people of different generations.
Psalms 145 v 4 (NIV): One generation will commend your works to another.
Psalms 71 v 18 (NIV): Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation; Your might to all who are to come.
From these scriptures we clearly see that each generation is called to learn from the foundations laid by previous generations. Every generation is in need of each other to complete the work that God has called His body to complete. We as an older generation must learn to respect the younger generation and their ideas and zeal for God. It is the same for the younger generation to realize that the older generation has experience and wisdom behind their ages.
Hebrews 13 v 7 (NIV): Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
We have had a lot of disunity and mistrust between the generations. Thus, this has caused a major separation. Now, I do not mean that we are to dictate our younger generation but we all must come together for the working of the Lord. We can learn from each other. This is why I say it is an honor to help these young people on my team, adventure out into the things of God, and help give them boundaries to follow. I have also learned that if I have an ear to hear them speak, then they will have an ear to hear me as well. Do not expect instant maturity from your young people, but allow them to grow in time.
I leave you with 1 Peter 2 v 9 (NIV): But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
We are a spiritual generation and it has nothing to do with age. We are a generation(s) who will help usher in the Glory of God.