Hey, my friend. I was thinking this morning about the benefits of serving in children's ministry. There are lots of blessings that come your way when you invest in the next generation. Here are five of them.
You'll see some fruit now and lots of fruit later. The seeds you are sowing right now will grow tenfold, a hundredfold and even a thousand fold.
You see, kids grow up and the time you invested in their life will blossom for years to come.
Look what John 15:16 says.
"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you."
When you serve in children's ministry don't every forget that you will have lasting fruit. It will impact the kids' lives now and will still be impacting them years from now, when they are all grown up. Here's a personal example of this.
God's Word never returns void. You know those times when you wonder if the kids heard anything you said? Well they did hear it. And it made a difference in their life. God's Word is moving and working in their lives, even when you can't see it.
The Word you share with the kids is powerful. They are the very words of God. Rest assured that it is being heard and the Holy Spirit's anointing is at work every time you share it.
Parents need Jesus, too. I often say "when you reach a child, you change a life, but when you reach parents, you change an entire family." Always be thinking about the children's parents. Because you are ministering to their child, you have direct access to their heart. God wants to use you to influence entire families.
Think with me about all the parents in the Bible who came to Jesus for one reason. Their child. Their connection to Jesus was because of their child. Their child was sick. Their child was possessed. Their child was dead. Their child was blind.
When you minister to children, you have a big opportunity to minister to entire families.
There is no Jr. Holy Spirit. God works in the lives of children just He does with adults. Kids can give their life to Christ as the Holy Spirit draws them. Kids can have a strong prayer life. Kids can learn and memorize God's Word.
Kids can make an impact now. Kids can serve. Kids can make a difference. Kids can go on mission trips with their parents. Kids can lead worship. Kids can be greeters. Kids can help out in classrooms with their parents. Kids can impact kids, students and adults.
A few Easters ago, a lady walked in the door of our church for the very first time. When asked how she heard about the church, she told us that she was a school crossing guard. That week, one of the kids who she was helping cross, handed her an Easter invite card and asked her to come. Kids can do great things now if we will equip them and empower them.
I trust these 5 reminders will be an encouragement to you today. What a privilege we've been given to help raise up the next generation of world changing believers.