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This Generation

GUEST BLOG// This blog was written by Nathan McKay. You can follow him on Twitter @themckaybros – Nathan is an independent filmmaker and a close friend of mine. He has engineered all of the video shooting and editing for the episodes posted here on DMD. I am forever grateful for his work and servant’s heart. His first film is being released in a premiere in Cleveland at the end of April. The movie is called The Pocketwatch. You can check out the website at http://thepocketwatchmovie.com (I am in this film as well). You will be blessed by his writing.

We are living in the most exciting time in the history of the human race. I say this with both great fear and great anticipation of what is to come.

Only now, in our generation, and in our time, can a little 12 year old boy become discovered on YouTube and become the world-wide phenomenon known as Justin Bieber.

Only now, in our generation, and in our time, can a video called “Kony 2012” change the hearts and minds of young people to think about someone other than themselves.

Only now, in our generation, and in our time, can we touch the world through social media and social networking, and become a global community, a global voice, where many people listen but few people speak.

Many pastors and adults have looked at our generation and given up all hope. They have seen our selfishness, our pride, and our lust, and they simply give up all hope for our generation to share the Gospel with the world. Youth ministry in the church today is a sad afterthought, where youth pastors come and go and leave without caring or without teaching the true Gospel.

But God sees something different. God looked out into all the generations of the world, from the 1400s to the 1960s, to the early church and to the future church, he looked out into all the hearts and minds of the youth at every point, at every crossroad and at every moment, and He did something truly remarkable and almost unbelievable: He chose us. He chose you and me – He chose my generation, a wicked, backward, selfish people, to carry the greatest burden any generation has ever faced in the history of the world – to share the Gospel in the 21st century.

Why is this the greatest burden any generation has faced? Because God has given us more access to reach the lost more than He ever has. The great power of social connectivity comes at an even greater responsibility to use it – and it moves me to know that God chose my generation, my people, with this responsibility.

What can we understand from this? Firstly, He did not chose our forefathers to carry this burden. He did not chose the people before, or people after us to do what we have been called to do. This means that with this great burden – this great power to use Facebook and Twitter and global connectedness and mass media – He has also given us and will continue to give us a supernatural anointing to reach the world. We have more potential and more ability in our time and in this hour to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every tribe, tongue and nation than we ever had before.

He is accelerating His calling and His gifts in young people like no one has ever seen before. He is raising up prophets, teachers, worshippers, leaders, filmmakers, pastors and so many others in way and in a speed that I have not seen in my lifetime. Young men and young women will prophesy, they will dream dreams and see visions to prepare this world for the second coming of our Savior.

There is nothing more exciting than this time, and this generation. If the church of today could look at our generation like He does, the world would not be the same.

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. ” -Joel 2:28-29

Nathan McKay