Sunday 18th February, 2018
[Family Service/Children & Junior Youth Sunday]
Romans 10: 14-17
Hymn of meditation: PH 282
Spirit of God that moved the first Saints, Spirit in Zion’s cities, come again.
Come quickly, move by day and evening, Destroy and put to shame all enemies.
Fill us to spread the Gospel news abroad, Souls harvest for the Lord, from every land.
One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin–
Dwelt among men, my example is He!
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming– O glorious day!
I wish to start by re-emphasizing a point: God has called us and given us a mandate, commission or command to go out there and tell others about His love, His goodness and all about who He is.
In a movie we watched earlier: “Miracles from Heaven”, there was this young girl (Anna) who having learnt something about Jesus Christ, gathered the courage to share the Gospel with a friend while hospitalised in the same ward. She went ahead to encourage the other young girl not be afraid of death despite the statement from the doctors because once she believes in Christ, she is bound to be with the Lord even if she dies.
Anna, because of the training she’s had from the home and the church, was able to minister to her fellow that truly your condition is terrible and the doctors have concluded that she will pass away in a short while but the good news is that, if you have Jesus Christ, you will pass away but only into much rejoicing and glory as you meet the Lord.
If you cannot go out and share anything at all, I want to encourage you to tell the closest people around you about the Lord Jesus. Teach your little ones to also follow suit and tell their friends at school and everywhere about Jesus.
We are also reminded that, evangelism should not be an event but a way of life, motivating our younger ones and demonstrating to them the love of God in all we do. Teach them about the great commission Jesus gave to us, His disciples. Begin with your family. Let them know the basic steps of witnessing (The Gospel Hand – 12345). Recommend the right training and reading materials they can learn from, practice and share with people they meet.
As we celebrate the annual Children and Junior Youth Week, we are encouraged to know that God loves the children, He loves the little ones and has placed in them something so precious to go out there and share with their friends and tell them Jesus loves them. For this reason, anytime a child comes to you, a parent or guardian, teach them in a tone that will make them understand the simple gospel message as the hymn writer indicates that Jesus Christ came down when there was sin all over and the world was as ‘black’ (dark or without light) but died in order to take away our sins; he suffered, died and was buried and rose again from the dead so that all of us will be redeemed. Continually share this simple truth with them and encourage them to go and share with others.
Make the Gospel a way of life; not an event or a planned programme. Let those close to you know that Christ came to die for our sins and that the only way they can gain access to the throne of God is simply by coming to Christ and asking Him to forgive their sins. After accepting Christ, engaging oneself in prayer and bible study, he or she will begin to grow from grace to grace. When the child is able to grasp this and makes it his lifestyle, it will bring transformation in the church, families and nation as the Spirit of God that comes to dwell in him/her will always edge him on to live a life that brings glory to God.
For teachers, be encouraged in your work despite the stress. Be part of the main services and get accustomed to the ways of the church. Being part of the ‘mother church service’ lets you also know what the church wants and further train you to impart more to the younger ones. Cause the children to stay in the church and remain in the right path as you also abide. Also, encourage the little ones to own hard copy bibles for themselves, not just application on their mobile phones and other gadgets. Yes, for some today, it may seem old fashion but that also places a mark on us when holding it and lets the world know that you belong to Jesus Christ. Let the earth hear!
Always pray to God and ask Him to give you more grace to read and study His Word daily. As a child, also remind yourself and parents to do your quiet time daily. May the Almighty God grant us grace that as we celebrate this year’s Children and Junior Youth Week, He will put the willingness in our heart to go and tell others about Jesus Christ.