The other day I asked a child at church what it means to be a Christian; and, he seemed surprised I didn’t know. Then he answered seriously, “It’s like you can be Jewish or Methodist or Christian, and we picked Christian. Didn’t you?”
I am sad to admit many kids think Christian is a club, of some kind, they belong to if they attend church.
My passion, for over 35 years, has been to introduce kids to Jesus and explain exactly what it means to have a personal relationship with Him. It is not a club. It’s not the flavor of the month until something better comes along. It’s a scary thought that some understand it this way for years while attending church.
I sincerely wish there was a simple curriculum available for kids called, “Meet Jesus.”
(Actually, it might work for adults as well.)
Jesus is real.
He is very much alive today and wants to chat.
He wants to pull up a chair with all people and let them pour out their hearts to Him. He listens, cares, forgives, answers prayers and wants to walk through life with each of His kids. He even wrote letters so His kids can get to know Him really well.
I guess the key phrase here is HIS kids. If you don’t belong to Him, there is no relationship – no connection…NONE.
Over the years, I have heard people say they don’t “feel” Jesus, can’t see Him, don’t really know if He’s listening or not. If there is a giant empty hole inside you, ask yourself, “Am I His child?” Maybe, you are blindly pursuing a club membership?
The God who created the universe knows all about YOU, loves YOU anyway, and wants YOU to belong to Him.
In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Brilliant concept. In other words, kids can more easily trust and believe when told about the One True God who truly loves them. There is no baggage to fill their minds. There are none of the doubts life is eventually going to throw their way.
It is so much easier for a child to hear the facts, meet Jesus, ask Him to forgive their sins and take over their lives. He does it! Step one. Done.
Step two is where we adults come into the picture.
We are the parents, grandparents and teachers who can make this new relationship with Jesus clear.
Make parenting your ministry. Jump in and volunteer to teach at church.
Please help a child fall in love with Jesus, and get to know Him intimately before they get confused into thinking Christianity is nothing more than a club.
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