“The people of Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him—those who had personally experienced all that the Lord had done for Israel.” – Joshua 24:31
This verse contains both encouragement and warning. A godly man can make a difference. Joshua and his team of elders had a positive influence on Israel. But the implied warning comes in the thoughtful reader’s question: ‘What happened after Joshua and the elders?’” It is important to model godliness and encourage others to live for Him. But it is equally important to teach the values and behaviors of godliness to those who will be left after you’ve passed on.
Live, model, encourage and cultivate godliness for the next generation.