I know alot of times we run through our days of work, home, and play. But there are the times when we do stop to ponder the moment. Those times for me are when I see children playing or hear the crying of a baby.
It is a simple reminder that children are the lifeblood of a community, state, nation, and yes, even a church! Everyone will die from this earthly life, but God has blessed us with a continuation of His children. Our children. Not only are they the lifeblood of mankind moving forward, but they see with new eyes, hear with new ears, and love with new hearts. How can we not hope "the children" will get it better than we did?
Our family has been blessed with being members of two amazing churches, through the growing years of our family. The first one was Benton Heights Presbyterian Church in Monroe, N.C. and the second one is now River Bend Baptist Church in Fulshear, Texas. No, neither one is a mega, rock concert service type of church! Both of their sizes in under the five hundred member mark. But the important, small things are not missed either.
These two churches, even thought they are states apart, share one valuable asset. They know the value of their children! No one is left out when it comes to play groups, youth groups, and church events. As a matter of fact, both churches go to the maximum effort to provide exceptional resources, retreats, and memories for their children and young adults.
So, what does this have to do with spreading the Gospel and saving the world?
Children are the Gospel Spreaders of today and tomorrow. There is nothing better than to see God through the eyes of a child! And children love to explain everything they know. If we take the time to listen.
So, your job is simple. Just introduce and immerse them in the word of God daily. And then try to be the best Christian example for them to imitate. Remember though, to add a little mercy and forgiveness to the lesson plan! For we are all broken and we all sin.
You will soon see your children beginning to resemble little pebbles that are thrown into a pond. And their ripples will freely flow out into communities, cities, states, and even nations. School yards will become safe havens, not bully zones and neighborhoods might become neighborly once again.
"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children." Isaiah 54:13
But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14
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We all know that Jesus spoke in parables when addressing the crowds. Basically, Jesus told stories which compared an earthly contrast or comparison and a spiritual truth. The Great Teacher and His parables would enlighten the crowds, who came to hear Him speak. Or would they?
I once thought, wrongly, Jesus told His parables so that the masses could understand. Jesus only told the parables not their meanings to the crowds.
I guess because I have grown up hearing Jesus’ parables and then the Pastor immediately explain it, I did not fully realize that back then there were no Pastors. Only The Teacher!
And for myself, If I had been there, I would have been tapping Him on the shoulder.
“Excuse me, I don’t get it.”
“Could you please tell me what you mean when referring to seed and sowing because it sounds like we are about to plant a crop?”
And, that is exactly what His own disciples did! On more than one occasion they asked Jesus to speak plainly or to explain what He meant.
Jesus told parables to set up the groundwork for a real and lasting relationship between ourselves and God.
How many times are we told in the bible, to seek God? How many situations would have had a better outcome, in your life, if you had sought God’s advice and help first? Using God’s building blocks, builds a secure relationship with Him! And no one or entity can take it away from you or tear it down. Not even death.
During this Easter season, please spend each day seeking God and understanding Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Read the four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to start your solid foundation. The forty days and five Sundays, which we have left of Easter, is enough time to begin your habit of a lifetime. A relationship with Jesus Christ!
And if you don’t understand the meanings of scripture, well you are blessed to be a part of this century. The resources are abundant! Most bibles have explanations at the bottom. Pastors love to be able to utilize their education and enlighten another soul. Oh yes, you can Google your questions also.
The ashes they use to use for Ash Wednesday came from the palm branches that were used the year before in the Palm Sunday Service!