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Let The Kids Lead

It's time we start giving kids the opportunity to lead in the church.

As you look through Scripture, you will see that kids were often given the opportunity to lead. Here's an example found in Matthew 21.

"...and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things He did and the children shouting in the temple courts, 'Hosanna to the Son of David,' they were indignant. 'Do you hear what these children are saying?' they asked him. 'Yes,' replied Jesus, have you never read, From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

Jesus was all for children helping lead the way in the Temple that day. And I believe He is also for kids helping lead the way today.

Here are a few things to consider about this.

1. There is no "Jr. Holy Spirit." Kids can be led and controlled by the Spirit of God just like any adult can. Throughout scripture we see kids being used by God. The boy giving his lunch to Jesus. David defeating Goliath. The little maid helping Naaman get healed. As we just read, children leading the way to praise Jesus in the temple.

2. Kids have a heart to serve. Have you ever asked a group of kids who would like to help with something? Hands will shoot up everywhere. Kids naturally have a heart to help others. It is when they get older, that they stop raising their hand as often. Why? In some cases, they have been told they are too young. That they don't have the abilities needed. That they should sit still and be quiet. That they have to wait until they are a certain age. This type of treatment causes kids to eventually stop raising their hand and saying "no" to serving as adults.