Last Sunday we highlighted one of our children’s ministries – AWANA. AWANA is a children’s Bible club that emphasizes Bible memory. The various children’s ministries are very important in our church (Sunday School, Children’s Church, Nursery, Youth group). I thought I would take a couple of moments of your time to emphasize children’s ministry.
We often think of Jesus’ ministry being mainly to adults – and it was. However, if we read Mark 10:13-14 we will find a unique story. “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.”
The first part of that chapter (verses 2-9) Jesus is debating with the Pharisees on an adult topic (marriage, divorce, adultery). Jesus enters a home and the discussion continues. But some parents brought their children and the disciples stopped them. Maybe they felt the timing was wrong, or the subject inappropriate, or that what they were doing more important than children. They actually rebuked the parents. Jesus’ response was He was very angry at the disciples that they thought their ‘discussion’ was more important than blessing the children. Sometimes we adults think our ministry is more important than children’s ministry. But Jesus stopped what He was doing with the adults so He could minister to children. If ministering to children is that important to Jesus, that’s the only reason we need to make it important in our life and the life of our church!
Jesus wants us to bring children to Him. First, because He said so. Children can’t come on their own. Someone must bring them. Second, because Jesus wants them. Jesus likes children. Third, to be our example. Children can teach us a lot of spiritual insights and truths. Fourth, to be saved. People are more likely to accept Christ as Savior when they are young.