Ministries: Youth and Kids by Sarah Brainard
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me
Jesus thought very highly of children, and often used them as examples to His disciples and other people because of their faith. Children are innocent of the politics of adulthood, as well as innocent of the desire to be liked by others. They are innocent. They don’t have anything to prove. This is a beautiful thing. It is thought that most of the twelve disciples were between the ages of 13 and 30, they were teenagers and young adults themselves. Not only did Jesus point out a child in response to the questions of the disciples about who was the greatest, but He went even further to say that one must become like a child in order to enter the kingdom of heaven.
To become child-like is not to necessarily act like a child (while that can always be fun) but to have faith like a child. To rest in Jesus’ presence, as a child would rest in their father’s arms; to rely on God, as a child relies on those around them; to be meek like a child; to become dutiful like a child; to have the unwavering understanding the God is brighter and bigger than all fear, just as a child knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that no monster could hide under their bed when their father comes in to check with a flashlight; to love unconditionally, as a child does.
Jesus didn’t wanted his disciples to start acting like children, He wanted them, He wants us, to BECOME like children.
Sometimes, as adults, we forget what it is like to become like a child, or to have faith like a child. It is not very often that we get to see what a child’s faith is truly like. Jesus had such a high regard and love for children, so much as to say that you must become like them in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Our children, the children in this church, the children in Durango, the children in the world, are so important to our Father in Heaven, but to us as well. We forget that sometimes we can learn as much from a child as we can teach them.
If you don’t have a chance to regularly see the faith of a child, or even if you do, take the time to receive the children and youth as Jesus asked us to. Volunteer for children and youth ministry, first because of the value that Jesus has for children, second because of the way that you can pour into the children and youth within our community, and third because of what you can learn through a child about faith, and what it means to be a child of God.
Thank you Jesus for entrusting us with Your precious children. I pray that You can show us daily what it means to have faith like a child. I pray for our children and youth ministries, and thank You so much for what You are doing in their hearts, and in the hearts of the ministry volunteers and leaders.