Bob Roberts, Kids 4 Truth President/Director
Rekindling Your Love for Children’s Ministry: 13 Reasons to Help Convince You that You Really Do Love the Children’s Ministry.
#1 - Because it is just plain fun to work with kids.
- If you have never thought this, you should not work with kids.
- If you have forgotten this, it is probably because you have elevated a program over the people. How is your prayer time for the kids?
- If you stop gazing at your program, and start gazing at the kids, you will find whole new levels of fun and enjoyment. A child once told me: “Dear Mr. Bob, I am a Christian but I still love your messages.”
#2 - Because kids are more easily fascinated than adults.
- “I can’t compete…”
- One summer at a Christian camp I brought a bubble machine and a science chemistry lab kit. Kids were fascinated.
- A good story is fascinating!
#3 - Because kids are more ready to receive truth than most adults.
- They haven’t had the time to get skeptical.
- They have had to live the last several years by “trust,” and that is they had to trust their parents or guardians for everything in their lives (food, shelter, and care)
- What age group do the humanists, homosexuals, etc. target?
#4 - They are harsh realists! There is very little pretense with boys and girls.
- “Mr. Bob, I want to get baptized, how do I do that?”
#5 - Because you must strain to explain truth to kids.
- This causes us to grow.
#6 - Because kids are more forgiving than adults.
#7 - Because the primary ingredient that you as a person need to make a real and lasting impact is simply love.
- What does love do?
- Love prays. Love spends time. Love answers questions. Love seeks to explain things on their level. Love looks with a tender face at the kids.
#8 - Because oftentimes, kids help reveal to us our current level of sanctification!
- This is always humbling.
- Causes of burn out.
- You feel isolated
- You feel like you’re not getting anywhere
- You’re tired
- You don’t feel like going into battle one more time
- You don’t feel like you’re growing
- Not appreciated…Well, have you appreciated the kids?
#9 - Because it is a legitimate reason for God to give you grace to keep you from falling.
- Psalm 71:17 - O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
- Psalm 71:18 - Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
- Why should God give grace to the person that sits as a lump on a log?
#10 - Because as we sow toward the next generation, so shall we reap!
#11 - Because working amongst kids is a physical reminder of how we should be spiritually.
- Matthew 18:1 - At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
- Matthew 18:2 -- And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
- Matthew 18:3 - And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- Matthew 18:4 - Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
#12 - You have the greatest ally: the Holy Spirit.
#13 - Because we have no doubt that communicating divine truth through our lives and through our lips to the younger generation is God’s unalterable will.
- Psalm 78:1 - Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
- Psalm 78:2 -- I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
- Psalm 78:3 - Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
- Psalm 78:4 - We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
- Psalm 78:5 - For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
- Psalm 78:6 - That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
- Psalm 78:7 - That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
- Psalm 78:8 - And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
- Deuteronomy 6:6 -- And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
- Deuteronomy 6:7 - And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
- Deuteronomy 6:8 - And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
- Deuteronomy 6:9 - And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
(All scripture quoted from KJV)