Why Serve In Children's Ministry?
In Matthew 6:9, Jesus invites his disciples to begin their prayers by saying, “Our Father.” I came to better understand this while living overseas in East Asia. While there, for security reasons, I used the term “Father” instead of “God”. Saying Father over and over again reminded me often that in Christ, I am adopted into the family of God. I become his child and he becomes my Father. God loves his children; He is personal, cares for his children and wants his children to please Him by the way they live. He is a good, good Father!
I have had the joy of working with children for many years, and with each child that I get to interact with, my goal is to love them as our heavenly Father would love them. Here are four reasons why I love serving in Children’s Ministry.
In Psalm 78:4 the Psalmist says, “Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” This verse is calling us to a very simple task: praise God for what he has done. God has done some pretty incredible things! If you have been rescued by Christ, bought with his precious blood, and redeemed from sin, then you have a story to tell. Children need to hear and see your story about the glorious deeds God has done in your life. Children’s ministry offers a tremendous opportunity to “tell.”
Children are growing in their knowledge and understanding about the world. But have you considered what we can learn from children? The Bible says that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). We need humility in our lives to honor God in a way that brings him glory. The act of serving children is a humbling experience. So, the next time you wipe a nose or pick up toys, consider it a gift from the Lord to grow in humility. Serving children helps us grow in humility.
Not only should we search for opportunities to teach and learn from children, but we also need to consider what we are teaching them. Children are sponges. They will not come to know the glorious deeds of the Lord unless someone tells them. Let’s help them soak in the riches of God’s Word and the profound truths that come from it.
It’s For God’s Glory
1 Peter 4:11b says “…If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” It is easy to forget that serving others is not for the recognition we receive but for the glory we get to ascribe to the Lord. Children need our love, care, teaching, and guidance. As we serve them, we position ourselves to be used by God to bring glory to God.
Children are one of the best “people groups” we could pursue sharing the Gospel with. When else will we have a more captive audience, eager to hear a good story? Let’s deliver the best story ever told: Christ came to save sinners so that we can be God’s children and he can be our Father.
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