“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said:”I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18: 1-4
This weekend I thought a lot about my children and children in general. I am glad to report that all four of my children love Jesus and serve Him. Many of the questions I am asked about relational churching have to do with what we do FOR the children. My answer is we do everything WITH the children. Because in relational HC children are full fledged members and participants from the very beginning. Relational churchers serve one another and are expected to interact WITH one another. In relational church we do not wait for Clergy to DO something FOR us. No, we step right out and do things together in His Name.
Like I said all my children, ages 32, 28, 22 and 16, love and serve Christ today. They were raised in relational fellowship and were never Sunday schooled or youth grouped at all. They grew up in totally open and free, Spirit led fellowship without a Pastor or any traditional/institutional trappings or programs. And I sincerely believe that they are better off because of it. We never segregated our gatherings by age, gender or anything. When they were very young they played at our feet and as they grew older they participated as they were able in music, singing, praying and sharing.
I fondly recall when Caleb (Now 22) was like 8 years old and he shared at some length about Cain and Abel, and his sharing inspired the rest of us to reexamine what we viewed as acceptable sacrifice unto God. Over the years I have witnessed many children share wonderful insights and major prayer requests. When younger folks are encouraged to share in fellowship it is amazing how much truth and love flows forth from their lips and hearts.
Jesus said that we need to change and become like little children or we would miss the Kingdom. To me this speaks of our need for childlike innocence and enthusiasm. We need to encourage everyone to come to Jesus as a child would. I say honor children and they will grow up to honor you. If given freedom in The Spirit children can even lead and teach adults with awesome results.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !