Living for Others in Children's Ministry
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11
When I was 8 years old, I was at church when my teacher told my class about this guy Jesus, who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins, and rose from the dead 3 days later. Even though I was only 8, it hit me and I knew I was not perfect. My teacher explained how I could be forgiven for all that junk I had done and will do. On that day, I placed my faith in Jesus and began my new life in Christ.
Studies have shown that about half of believers in America place their faith in Christ before the age of 13 and about two-thirds by the age of 18! Please read that again! This is a huge number! Recently, I read an article that said, “The statistics are clear that there is a huge spiritual harvest of souls before the age of 12. Why would Satan sit back and watch when he knows that not only is a soul saved, but also a life is transformed when a child repents and believes?”
This past Sunday, Danny began a series called All Hands on Deck. In his message, he reminded us that there is a lot at stake. This is definitely true in the children’s ministry as we have 150-200 children who participate in the children’s ministry each week. This question above is one that should shake us up. Satan tells us “it is somebody else’s job to teach children” or “I am not good enough” or “I do not have what it takes.” The passage above shares that we all have a gift or gifts and it should be used to serve others and for God’s glory!
As we prepare for the upcoming ministry year, the Team Leads for the Children’s Ministry and I are praying for 156 people to serve alongside us in the fall. You may say that you are not the type of person who can teach Sunday School and to that I say “GOOD.” There are many different opportunities to serve in the children’s ministry. For example, there are opportunities to work behind the scenes with curriculum, sound, other IT stuff OR greet and check-in families OR participate in drama or music.
Do not buy into Satan’s lies that you cannot make a difference or that you are too busy. You have received a gift or gifts from God, how are you using it to serve others? Let me encourage you to pray about whether God wants you to use your gift to impact the next generation with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ. If not the children’s ministry, then where else can you use your gift here at Hill Country Pflugerville?
For God’s glory,
Children’s Ministry Director