10 Reasons Why There Is No Higher Calling than Ministry to Children — Part 2

A high percentage of people in our church are involved in some sort of formal children’s ministry. If you’re like me, you may struggle with discouragement, wondering at times whether your ministry is really making a difference at all, so I put together a short list of reasons why there is no higher calling than ministry to children (read part 1 here):

Kids remember.

Yes, they remember Bible facts, verses, etc. But perhaps more importantly, they are storing up a worldview. Those who serve children have a unique opportunity to shape the way children view the world. Every response and reaction and interaction is logged away, a thought that is both exciting and sobering.

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

You learn best by teaching.

There is a side benefit for those who teach. If you are diligent to prepare thoughtful and impacting lessons, the person most affected will be…you. Teaching doesn’t replace your personal time with God, but it can bolster your knowledge of Him and His Word.

Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Kids keep you honest.

Another side benefit to working with kids is that they have a way of exposing your hypocrisy. We grown-ups tend to play supporting roles in a spiritual “performance.” You may fool yourself, but you’re not fooling God, and chances are, you won’t be able to fool a child as well. Kids help us be real.

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Kids haven’t seen God work yet.

You may have seen God answer prayer amazingly, provide remarkably, and save gloriously. But kids haven’t seen any of that. Children’s ministers must bring to life God’s mighty acts, praying with and preparing children to see God work in their own lives.

Deuteronomy 6:20-25 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:  And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:  And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.  And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.  And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

Christ died for kids.

Working with kids is no joke. Salvation cost Christ everything. That’s partly why I have little patience for the dumbed-down, flippant, silly-all-the-time charade that passes for children’s ministry nowadays. The offense of the cross is still foolishness to the wicked and the power of God to the redeemed–whether they are five or fifty-five.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

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