Jesus Loves the Little Children
Yesterday my neighbor’s daughter came over to play with my youngest son, as they do most days. I asked her if she was loving Vacation Bible School as it’s her first time. With complete joy in her face and voice she yelled, “Yes!” “I learned about shining Jesus’ light.” She then started singing “Shine His Light,” one of the songs from the week. I started thinking about how important it is to teach our kiddos about Jesus and how the Bible guides us in doing so.
-God shows us throughout His Word how much He values children.
Psalm 127:3 (NIV): Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
His Word shows us over and over how He loves them and even thought of them before they were born. He promises to be here for them throughout their lives. Most amazing of all, God sent His own Son to make a way for every person to be called a child of God.
-Teaching your children about God’s commandments and the blessings that come from obeying them.
Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV): Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Using God’s word to teach our children that the way to honor Him and experience His blessing is to obey His commandments throughout their lives.
-Throughout their lives and every circumstance, they can use the teachings from the Bible to guide them.
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV): Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
No matter what you are going through in your life whether hard, confusing, joyful, or easy, God is with you and will lead you. This will stay with you forever.
-Keep encouraging your kiddos to go to Jesus.
Mark 10:13-16(NIV): People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Through His word, God invites our kids to have a personal relationship with him and to deepen their faith through Him. This is one of God’s greatest gifts.
Kelsey Wilbern – New Member and Adult Education Coordinator