Reason #40 - It Follows Jesus’ Command To “Let The Little Children Come To Me!”
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” And he put his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left. (Matthew 19:14 & 15)
During the Christmas season, a little three-year-old girl was excitedly watching the pile of presents under the family Christmas tree growing day after day. Caught up in the spirit and excitement of the gifts and giving as only three-year-olds can be, one morning she was picking up, examining, shaking and guessing what was inside each package. Then, in a burst of inspiration, she picked up a big red bow that had fallen off one of the presents and held it on her own head. She looked up excitedly with a twinkle in her eyes and smiled brightly as she said, “Look at me, Daddy, I’m a present!”
That little girl’s words were more true than she realized! Our children are indeed the most wonderful gifts that God gives us. We may appreciate the gifts of talents and skills, either God-given or acquired, but do we consider our children as divine gifts - presents from God? What is more unique and special than our children?
And, to help us understand the kind of God that we have, he went so far as to send us his own Son...the most remarkable present of all!
Questions To Think About: Do you think of children as a “gift from God?” Why is it important for every church to have a good, relevant children’s ministry?
Prayer Suggestions: Pray for the parents of your church and Sunday school.
A Call To Action: Go to your local Christian bookstore to purchase a number of small gifts that children would appreciate (such as candies that have Bible verses printed on the wrapper) and give the items out to the kids who attend your worship service. If they don’t attend Sunday school, be sure to give them an invitation.