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 18:3 NKJV).
This statement was made by Jesus Himself as His disciples put a question to Him concerning who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The answer Jesus gave was perhaps not the answer the disciples were looking for; but as Jesus called a little child into their midst to illustrate to the disciples the necessity of becoming like Children to enter God’s kingdom things became clearer.
Jesus finally gave a direct answer to the question in verse 4 when he said;
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:4 KJV)
Wow; I guess none of them expected this, that to be great in the kingdom you had to look at a child and learn from that child. After this Jesus dedicated most of the teaching to how precious children are to God. Read Matthew chapter 18 for more.
The disciples learnt from Jesus’ illustration using a little child and mine wasn’t different either. My decision to accept the call into the children’s ministry begun at quite a tender age, after I completed Junior High School a call was made by a teacher for us to join this ministry.
Yes us! we were about five in number who were called. Four of us accepted and one opted out. I personally believe that there is a call on everyone’s life and no one can respond to a call except God had already made it possible and so it was Paul who wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that
no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
Remember what God also told Jeremiah that He knew him and ordained him a prophet even before he was formed in his mother’s womb.
So I knew that we had not accepted this call on our own will or desire but it was because God had ordained it. So in the year 2011, I took up the call to be a children’s minister or what we like to call it a Sunday School teacher. So it has been almost 8 years from now and it has been quite a journey.
As young as I am in the ministry, there are some few things I learnt which I would like to share across. I call it the five things I learnt from the children’s ministry; there may be more, but this is what I want to put across.
1. Foolishness is in the heart of a child: This calls for absolute patience and humility as a children’s minister otherwise you can’t be one. Hear Solomon as he writes;
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him ( Proverbs 23:15 KJV).
2. There is a place for correction and the rod is of some value: The child easily picks up attitudes at a tender period especially as he or she interacts and communicates with the environment and friends. So Solomon says the rod of correction shall drive foolishness away from the heart.
Another bible version renders it, the rod of discipline and that should be taken notice of especially in the early years of childhood as the role of discipline in molding a child cannot be ignored.
3. Children are fast learners and they easily imitate: This stretches on the point why we must put them in a good and positive environment, because whatever good virtue you exhibit to the child especially in their early age is easily picked up. At this stage some children take the words of teachers even more serious than that of their parents and we experience this a lot in the children’s ministry.
Let’s endeavor to do the right things in front of our children, for you never know what they are learning from you. As little as it may be they are shaping their future by positive attitudes and influence.
4. It humbles you the teacher and makes you more compassionate towards others: Unless you didn’t do it well; the ministry comes with its own challenges. This is where you are exposed to a whole lot of attitudes from the children both saved and unsaved. Disobedience is mostly at its peak here; but largely out of ignorance thus you would have to learn how to come down to your lowest to reach these little ones.
There is no other way; in the children’s ministry we are all children.
If the children are going to reach you and if you are going to impact their lives you have to come down to their level and that is the mandate given to you by God.
In as much as you teach; you end up learning a lot from these children and the more years you spend the better you become.
I call the children’s ministry a teaching ministry especially for teachers.
5. The Lord has the children at heart; and they can be mightily used by the Lord:
This calls for absolute commitment and attention because God has them at heart and wouldn’t want anyone of them to perish.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 18:10 KJV).
I forgot to tell you; the children have strong angelic protection as it is with believers. For their angels behold the face of the Father in heaven.
Not many angels in heaven get this chance you know?? the angels of these little ones must be very privileged.
Wow! I didn’t think I could write this much; there is much more though to share but these are the five things I decided to relay across from my few years spent in the ministry.
Hope you were blessed reading it??
This is the ministry I find myself, shalom😊