Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” ~Luke 18:16
Our passion and commitment to our own children is to not only to teach them but to gently take them by the hand, and lead them to Jesus where he receives them with open arms. In this article I would like to talk about equipping our children to be actively working with Jesus to reach those in the world.
Equipping our children is not about the curriculum we use, but a relationship with Jesus Christ. As their parents, we must model this relationship to them. The children must be able to see mom and dad walking and talking with the One True Living God.
Let us look at Biblical examples of children in the ministry. In 1 Samuel 3:1-21, we see that Samuel had his own experience when he was called to serve God as a young boy.
Through the personal experience with God, that Samuel was open to hear from God about anointing King Saul’s replacement. Remember? It was Jesse, David’s father, who overlooked him when searching for the replacement. David was anointed to be the King of Israel while he was a young boy (1 Samuel 16:5-13). David’s father look at David through the eyes of an earthly father, and was blind to the potential of his assignment.
I pray that when we look at our children, we see them as God sees them; hear what God says about them; and the strength to act accordingly in equipping our children for the call that God’s has for them. In general, we do know that God has called them be disciple-making followers of Jesus! This is the Great Commission.
Let me just say that according to the Scripture, their is no age warning on the label “Great Commission.”
What kind of work Can my child do for Jesus, to advance the Kingdom? We can teach our children to minister right along the side of the adults. Think for a minute.
Can the children read Scripture?
Can the children greet those who are coming into the Church?
Can the children pass out the weekly bullentin?
Can the children find “new” faces in the audience?
Can the children receive the offering by carrying the “bucket”?
Can the children pray?
Or can the children help with communion?
Absolutely on all accounts!
In fact, these are the very things that I taught my Sunday School children to do. As a visitor to many Churches around the country (Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, and Missouri), I have seen a group of teens that lead worship alongside the adults; the older children standing in the choir (some praising God with their grandparents); I have seen an 12 year old girl give communion while yet an 8 year old passed around the offering plate. These children was clearly equipped to be active workers with Jesus in their local Churches!