Friday, June 11, 2010

Three Things that Make Kids Special to Jesus

VBSAt our church right now we are preparing for Vacation Bible School. I love VBS because I love children and working with children. Nothing blesses my heart more than to kneel down and to hug a child, to hold a baby in my arms, or to hear a child pray.  
Not that I am the most skilled at teaching children. The first year I taught VBS I lead the first and second grade class. I was okay at teaching the Bible story, but crafts are not my thing. We ended up with fabric paint all over me, the kids, the table, chairs, books … everything. My wife just stood there and shook her head in amazement.
Kids are cool. As Art Linkletter said, “Kids say the darnedest things.” One VBS teacher of four year olds said she was trying to write down the names of the parents of a new little boy who had come. She said, “Brian, what’s your father’s name?” He looked at her and said, “Daddy.” So she said, “What’s your mother’s name?” He said, “Mommy.” But this teacher was pretty sharp, so she thought of a way to get the information. She said, “Brian, what name does your daddy use when he calls your mommy?” Brian’s face lit up and he lowered his voice and said, “Hey, baby doll.”
In the last verses of Luke 9, as Jesus is walking along with His disciples, He gives them some life lessons. Beginning in Luke 9:46, we read:
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest.”
We know Jesus loved kids and they loved Him. We read in Mark 10 some children tried to see Jesus, but some of the disciples try to shoo them away from the busy Master. When Jesus saw this, He became agitated, even indignant. He rebuked the disciples saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14) Then He took the children in His arms and put His hands on them and blessed them.
What are the qualities that make children so special to Jesus? Here are three:
1. Kids Are Fun-loving. Some of us old adults have lost the joy and the laughter that ought to be a part of our lives. We have become party-poopers and fuddy-duddies. A childlike spirit loves to laugh and have fun.
2. Kids Show Total Trust. Have you noticed children don’t worry as much as adults do? Not too many children have ulcers. Children are trusting. That’s why we have to warn them to be suspicious of strangers, because of their trusting natures. When it comes to the world, you should be careful. But when it comes to God and His Word, we should have that same kind of childlike faith in God and in His promises.
3. Kids Are Completely Dependent. Little guys can’t drive and they don’t have money to buy their food or clothes. They are utterly dependent on others. As we become adults we become more independent. We can take care of our own needs and our own problems. We may get to thinking that we don’t need anybody else. Sometimes we act like we don’t even need God. I need to be like a child and realize the very next breath I take is a gift from God. The next pulse of my heart is a gift from God. Every dollar I ever earn is because God has given me the ability to work. I must recognize I am completely dependence on God.
Do you have a childlike attitude?
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  1. Our church helped another church with VBS and it was Saddle Ridge Ranch. Last night was family night and I got to preach a short message for everyone before we ate our Chuckwagon Teams great food.

    I am trying to get back to that childlike attitude. Seems we were on the same page again with our writing.

  2. Kevin, if you have a outline or transcript of your VBS family night message I would like to read it. Could you e-mail it to me?

  3. Since becoming a dad 4 years ago I amazed at how much they actually understand. My 4 year old has asked me many times "Daddy, why did Jesus have to go to Heaven? Was he sick and died?".. man that's deep..

    I love now to hear my 2 and 4 year old singing what they call "church" songs.. nothing better..

  4. Scott, my kids are all "older" now: 24,22,15 years. No grandkids yet. Cherish this time when they are so "childlike". God can teach us so much through them. --Richard

  5. The faith of a child. I love watching children and learning from them. Need to remember to be more like them in some ways and to be ready when moments come and they have questions.

  6. Um, yeah. The "Kids Show Total Trust" thing always gets me. God keeps pointing out that my trust and faith in Him is supposed to be the same way.

    We're starting Saddle Ridge Ranch on Sunday! Our church is going Sunday night through Thursday night this year.


  7. Becky, I hope I never outgrow the joy of being with kids, or the faith that they exhibit. --Richard

  8. Jennifer, Don't you just love the music for Saddle Ridge Ranch? "Tumbleweed" is so fun. And "Like Jesus" is so meaningful. Can't wait! Ours starts June 21, Monday through Friday mornings. --Richard


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