Ministering to children is dear to the heart of God. When Jesus’ disciples rebuked parents for bringing their children to Him, the Bible records that Jesus “was much displeased” (Mark 10:14). He then commanded: “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14). In fact, Jesus would even go so far as to say that unless we all become like little children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). And lest there be any confusion regarding the quality little children possess that opens heaven’s gate for us, Jesus tells us plainly what it is in the very next verse: “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4). Humility is the key ingredient in receiving grace and forgiveness from God. We must recognize our sin (a very humbling act), and turn to Jesus Christ as our only hope.
Because children are so precious to God, they ought to be precious to us. Today I had the privilege of ministering to a wonderful group of children at Maranatha Baptist Christian School.
What added to my joy on this trip was that Kiersten was able to join me. We left the house at 6:00 am, and I really enjoyed her company on the ride. She had a good time seeing the other children as well as getting some one-on-one time with Daddy when we stopped by the store to pick up groceries. She is maturing into such a wonderful young lady.
Chapel, though was only part of our interaction with children throughout the day. Over the past three or four days, our children have been playing with some neighborhood kids as well. They play basketball, soccer, and eventually make their way up to the apartment. We seem to have anywhere between 8-15 additional kids in the house at any given time. There has definitely been a lot of excitement.
Please continue to pray that the Lord will open doors of opportunity for us to minister to these children!