JESUS LOVES CHILDREN
By Jeannette Benson
“But Jesus called for them, saying, ‘Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” Luke 18:16
We have a Kid’s Club here at our church. The children we are reaching are the unchurched in our neighborhood. Some weeks the kids don’t want to sit and listen, don’t want to sing, they just want to run around. On days like that I can get so discouraged and wonder why are we even doing this? Are we accomplishing anything? Then I hear a comment like, “I didn’t know that there was more to Easter than the Easter Bunny,” or the question, “Why is it good that Jesus died on the cross?”
I remember then that Jesus loves these children. He wanted the children to come to Him. He wants them to know Him. John 3:16 tells us that “For God so loved the WORLD, that He gave His only begotten Son.” The WORLD includes those kids that don’t want to listen, that want to run around and make noise. Jesus wants me to be faithful to share His Good News with these precious children even if it may look like they aren’t listening. Each one of us needs to do our part to share Jesus with these kids.
How can I do that, you might ask. First and foremost, pray for the unreached children in your community. When you have the opportunity, show them that you care by talking and listening to them. Often times they are just looking for someone to listen to them and this can lead to an opening to talk about Jesus.
Even though at times I feel like I’m not getting through to these children my prayer is that God will use those simple songs and Bible lessons to show these children that God loves them and that He wants them to love and believe in Him. I may not see the fruit, I just need to be faithful and share the Good News with these precious souls.