I sometimes joke that our children’s ministry is the most important ministry at our church. Of course, I say that tongue and cheek, but I also believe there’s a lot of truth to that statement.
Not only are we helping to train up the next generation of young Christians who will continue to carry the banner of faith, but we’re also emphasizing to the world around us what Jesus emphasized in his ministry. There can’t be much that is more important than that.
Jesus emphasized the importance of ministry to children. Here are a few verses to prove that.
“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)
“Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.” (Mark 9:37)
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16)
If this is something that is so important to the heart of Jesus, then this should be important to my heart as well. I don’t want to do anything that will negatively affect a child and what they believe to be true about God.
What about you? When was the last time you took some time to invest in the welfare of a child’s spiritual condition? Whether that’s your own child or someone else’s, kids need direction and they need love.
The kingdom of God is given to those who have childlike faith (Matthew 18:3). According to Jesus, we can’t cut short kids on their ability to understand and receive Christ, no matter what.
Jesus valued children very highly, and so should we.
Drew Williquette is the children’s pastor at First Baptist Church of Glen Este, Ohio. He has served in this capacity since June of 2019. He and his wife Jenna love serving the parents and children at First Baptist and would love to do what they can to help your child grow in the Lord.