Monthly Archives: July 2016

Children are Worth the Cost

Children are Worth the Cost

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. 

Mark 10:13-16

“Seen and Not heard.”  “Underfoot.”  “Stop bothering me.”  “Why are you asking me so many questions?”

Adults tend to be dismissive of young children.  Not many parents would admit it, but there are probably times you have said something to the effect of one of the above statements.  It is important to understand that God values the life of each person and of each young person.  Value to family, society, vocation, church and life in general increases with… children.

Note the following observations of the scene with Jesus and the children in Mark 10.

  • Jesus made time for kids.
  • Jesus gave attention to kids.
  • Jesus taught kids.
  • Jesus valued kids.

Many Christian churches are in the middle of busy summer season with Bible Clubs, Vacation Bible Schools, camps, and Community Kids events.  This is good.  As Kids Ministries unfold in your church you do not want to be like the disciples in this passage of Scripture.  They did not see the need for children’s ministry.  Jesus corrected them and then demonstrated how important kids are.  Avoid complaining about normal church services being adjusted for kids ministry.  Watch out for being critical of anyone assisting in youth ministry or children’s ministry.  Lots of time, money, and effort are given to children’s ministry.  Be a person who participates in this.  Here are 3 ways to help.

Give.  Make yourself available to help.  Cleaning, teaching, registering, assisting are all areas that could use some help.  Bring cookies or other items that are asked for.  Children’s ministries cost a lot.  Give special financial gifts to help cover some of the expenses of a big VBS or camp.

Encourage.  Tell others who are serving how well they are doing.  Offer words of encouragement.  Give positive feedback about progress.  For example, our church was thrilled when I announced recently that children were pre-registered early from a flyer that was handed out the previous Saturday.  There are other ways to show support and encouragement.  Find a way in your context and encourage others to keep making a difference ministering to children.

Pray.  Pray for children to be saved and for families to be touched with the Gospel.  Pray the church grows and that new members are added as a product of the children’s ministry.  It can happen.  God can.  We should pray.  Thank the Lord for the children.  Bless them like Jesus did.

Kids today are like the ones who met Jesus years ago; they are looking for more than what they see in life.  Children are worth the cost.  Be a person who helps to introduce children to Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Embracing the Day

Embracing the Day

Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.  Ruth 3:18

Boaz was on a mission of love.  Ruth was suspended hopeful in apprehension.  Naomi speaks words truth and comfort.  Ruth 3:18 is a description of Boaz and his relentless pursuit of the woman he loved.  He needed to secure the assurance that he, and not the closer kinsman, would marry Ruth.

“Who will I marry?” is on the mind of Ruth and perhaps you have pondered a similar BIG decision.  As Ruth is playing the “waiting game” that most of us do not enjoy, she is comforted by the words of Naomi.  Sitting still is difficult for most of us.  Waiting for the day, week, month, or year to unfold can be challenging!  “I can’t wait until…”  I have been guilty of saying this too.  “What is going to happen?” is a statement sometimes rooted in worry.  We should look ahead and live for eternity with “eternity’s values in view.”  While waiting, we are to strive to please the Lord in thoughts and actions.  A Godly woman waits patiently while embracing each day.

Think about the attributes Naomi gave to Boaz.  They are attributes any loving, motivated, and faithful man can have in his life.  A faithful man embraces the day the Lord has given to him.

What can we do in the day the Lord gives to us?  Here are 3 brief truths:

  • A faithful man who is on a mission will not rest until the mission is accomplished.
  • A faithful man who has a mission and job to accomplish will see it through until completion.
  • A faithful man will jump every obstacle, while not giving up hope, to accomplish his mission.

Embrace the day God has given to you.  Make the most of the moments you have with family, church ministry, and occupational work.  If you are a student, embrace the schooling days of your life to learn and grow.  Don’t’ look so far ahead that you miss serving God today.  Be relentless like Boaz in fulfilling the will of God and showing your love towards Him.

Whether waiting to see what happens or working until the day is over, be focused on making the most of the day the Lord has given you.  Embrace each day as a gift from God.