This is a remarkable world which our kids are growing up in today! Have you ever considered what your kids know about today’s technology and culture? I’ve seen preschoolers playing games on iPhones. Kids are texting without looking at the keypad. There are preteens who design websites. Teenagers have created successful international businesses. They understand and use Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feeds. They appear to intuitively comprehend how to operate any app on a smartphone. They can competently converse about the lifestyles of celebrities. They have the latest gossip of what is happening in the entertainment world. The list goes on and on.
However, the next question is something you and I should more carefully consider. “What do your kids not know?” A verse from Judges 2:10 comes to the forefront in dealing with this question. “Another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel.”
Most of us would agree that the kids in our churches know that Jesus loves them. Many of them have heard it most of their lives. The challenge for us who minister to them is to lead them to understand how God’s love works throughout every arena of their lives. As I ministered recently to our kids, it was amazing to watch them light up with such enthusiasm as we used the “Greater Things” service to reveal to them that Jesus wants to work miracles through their lives. This coming Sunday, we will be using the “Marshmallow Day” event kit to cover 4 areas of benefits they can experience right now through God’s great gift of salvation.
You see, it is vital that we pass on to our children more than concepts and more than a Bible education. Our children must experience God. We lead them up the stairway to His presence one step at a time.
1 – We teach them of how God worked through men, women, and children in Bible times.
2 – We place before them God’s Word as it directly challenges them to be His disciples.
3 – We share personal and contemporary examples of how God is showing His love through our lives and the lives of people all around the world.
4 – We directly challenge them to desire God’s love and power in their life.
5 – We provide an opportunity for them to make a commitment to God and develop a relationship with Him.
6- We tell them not only what God has done, but what He can do today through them!
I shudder to think of the possibility that twenty years from now someone could write the same commentary as in Judges 2:10, “Today’s young adults are a generation who grew up neither knowing God nor what He had done for His church.”
Let’s determine together for that scenario never to take place. Let’s lead our children into an active relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. Gary R. Linn
Children’s Ministry Today