“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 4
For Sue, me and our Cottonwood Creek children’s team, the summer schedule leaves little margin for anything but serving kids. It’s an incredible time for children’s ministry. This summer, we connected with more than 2,100 kids from 1,300 families. Lots of work and lots of fun! As we reflect back, there are four things God reconfirmed to us about ministering to children.
1. The Gospel is Definitely for Kids: God doesn’t hide the mystery of the Good News about Jesus Christ from children. He draws kids to Jesus (John 6:44) when we share the gospel with them. The simple faith of a child in Jesus Christ to save them serves as THE EXAMPLE for all (Matthew 18:2-4). The message of God’s salvation in Jesus makes more sense to children than we often allow.
2. Kids Love the Gospel: It’s a fact that most Christians receive Christ as children. Kids want to come to Christ. We must never push them away or be embarrassed by their youth (Matthew 19:14). Parents, don’t be afraid to lead your children to Christ, or to lead them to people who will. It’s also amazing to me how kids will freely share the good news about Jesus with others!
3. The Gospel is Paramount for Kids: Jesus asked, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 8:36-37) Nothing! Many people forfeit the eternal for the temporal and teach their kids to do the same. What greater hope can we have for our children than to know the One who can save their soul?
4. The Gospel is for Our Children’s Children: This summer, we celebrated the arrival of our 10th grandchild, Axel, and we visited the homes of our three daughters, sons-in-laws and grand kids (getting harder as they move around). We always love to see where they worship as a family and the people they connect with to strengthen their faith. As parents and grandparents, there is no greater joy we have than to know our children are “standing firm in the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 3:8) and teaching their children to do the same.
The Gospel isn’t just for childhood; but that’s the best place for it to start. Our hope is that all children will begin early and finish strong.