Children as Citizens of God's Kingdom
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- Published: Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:25
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Children as Citizens
of Gods Kingdom
In the life and work of Jesus Christ we see He was very clear in his thoughts concerning the importance of children. He considered their humility to be a standard for the conduct of those considered “Great in the Kingdom of God.”
One day He showed the strength of his thoughts by rebuking his disciples when they considered it a waste of his time to "bless" small children. If the Author and Creator of the universe had time to “bless” little children should we not do the same? Let’s consider the following verses.
"People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but his disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this He was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And He took little children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16
Our evangelistic approach, as to the priority of those we are to bring into the Kingdom, often centers on ways of attracting adults. Less time and effort is given to the development of children’s programs with the potential of even a greater resulting fruitfulness and joy.
Local church evangelistic programs often focus on adults rather than teaching children and have limited success. How much better it is to “train up a child in the way they should go” during their impressionable, formative years, so “when they are old they will not depart from it”.
It is worth noting that the world focuses in advertising towards the budding lives of the next generation. In the American culture, millions of dollars each year are spent on advertising to sell hamburgers. Getting children to buy hamburgers on the hamburgers own merits are often not enough.
Great concentration is given by attaching activities at the store where the hamburgers are sold. Expensive playgrounds are located at the hamburger restaurant to draw children. The cost of such advertising is well rewarded with increased sales.
If this much effort can be given to filling small stomachs with food, how much more efforts should be given to the feeding of the souls of a young children with spiritual food that will bring them eternal satisfaction?
Jesus said that we should not labor “for that which will not last”, but rather to labor for that which has the eternal hope in mind. Such is the result of feeding young minds with eternal truth, “the bread from heaven”.
It has been reported that 80% of all decisions to follow Christ are made during the formative years between the ages of 4 - 14 years. Do we need to say more where our focus should be?