By Coulter Page, Senior Pastor, Bethany Alliance Church
This week at Bethany Alliance Church we are charging forward hard. We kicked off SummerU! around here as we get an opportunity to invest in kids from 5:30-8:15 every evening throughout this week. It is an extremely fun week while being extremely draining all at the same time.
I am reminded once again of the example that kids can set for us as we head into life. I look out at the kids in the large group worship time and see excitement and passion for God. I observe kids as they head into courses and see their hunger to learn. I witness kids, who are too little to have jobs, somehow raise hundreds of dollars to change the world for Christ. As I see this all taking place, I am drawn back to a story in Luke: “Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’” (Luke 18:15-17 ESV) In a culture where kids were looked down upon and seen as second-rate citizens, these words from Jesus were profound. He was telling everyone that, first, kids were valuable to him. No matter your view of Jesus, here he was saying that kids matter. Here he was telling everyone that kids are important.
How do you view kids? Do you see them as an important part of God’s creation or a nuisance? Do you see them as holding value and significance or do you see them as less than? If you want to have the heart of Jesus, then you will see kids as significant.
Jesus was also shouting something else out in this story. He was telling everyone present that, not only are kids valuable,but they are an example. He states, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Luke 18:17).When we look at kids, they can teach us so much.
When we watch how a kid behaves, we can grow as individuals. When we see how they relate to God, we can learn something new.
So, I ask you today, “What do you need to learn from a kid?” Look at the kids around you and how they interact and how they see the world. How could you grow because of them? Specifically, what can they teach you about faith in Christ?
Kids have taught me that it shouldn’t matter who is looking when you are with your daddy; the best place to be is in your daddy’s arms; and no matter what happens, your daddy will take care of you. Take some time today and this week to learn from a kid and what it means to have a relationship with Christ.
Father God, thank you for the example that kids set in our lives. Sometimes we neglect them and don’t pay attention, but it doesn’t change the fact that they can teach us what a relationship with you really looks like. Help me to see this week through the eyes of a child. Help me to engage with you with the faith of a child. Amen.
Are you looking for a church family to call home? Do you want a family you can connect, grow, serve and share with? We would love to journey with you here at Bethany Alliance Church. Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 641-228-1318, or message us on Facebook @BethanyAllianceCC with any questions. Hope to see you soon!