How can we keep kids engaged in God’s Kingdom cause and go beyond keeping them busy? Here are a few ideas.
We can take time to create learning experiences that put God back where He belongs…in the center of life.
We can help kids know and appreciate that the Bible is one book and God is the main character.
We can point out that we care about others, because God loves the world. We give to others because God is amazingly generous. We share this Good News with others because He tells us to, as He makes it very clear that the knowledge of His glory will cover the earth as waters cover the seas. (Habakkuk 2:14)
We can portray God as a “sending God” Who sent that which is most precious to Him…His beloved Son, Jesus, to rescue sinners. (John 3:16)
Let us recognize Satan as the Great Distracter. In the midst of our affluence, do we live with simple gratitude to the Great Giver of All Good Gifts? Or are we so distracted by the pressures our abundance creates that we fail to honor our Benefactor?
Our public school classrooms are full of students who show little respect for the ones rightfully in charge of them. They are captives of the electronic media whose heroes destroy each other, only to be resurrected to kill and destroy again.
Their emotional antennas tune in to devilish messages challenging them to think poorly of themselves. These messages isolate them from understanding that they are of inestimable value to God Who made them in His very own image, for their great blessing and to bring honor to Him. News bulletins tell us of bullying, violence, suicide rampant among our youth.
We who are motivated to love kids by a compassionate Father have our work cut out for us! Often we fail to remember that we risk much to save this generation of children, not first of all, because they deserve the blessings they thus receive, but so that they can fulfill their God-given destiny. Even in the secular world we hear talk of living for something greater than ourselves. What greater “cause” than advancing God’s Eternal Kingdom?
Let us beseech God for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit upon the parents and teachers of our young. Let us pray for courage to make changes so the our loving Heavenly Father becomes the focus of our lives and we thus reflect His character and by our good works shine light on His mighty deeds. (Psalm 145:4)
Although it’s clear we’re involved in a pitched battle, we need not be discouraged. Simple obedience to clear directives given in God’s Word will prove effective. “Preach the Word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your (children) with good teaching.” (II Tim.4:2)
Let us not wander from the thick of the fight, lured by the comforts of life. The lives of 2.2 billion children are at stake….and some of these are the precious youngsters in our own churches and families.