I had intended on doing Part 2 of Being a Submissive wife, but I didn’t have the time to work on it this week, so here is the next subject in our Series.
Ellie is the Children’s Church Ministry organizer at our church. She loves ministering to children and puts her whole heart into it. She has put so much thought, time and work into answering this question, I’m goint go break it into 3 parts. Please welcome her as our second guest in the Titus 2 series.
Question: Why is it to important to minister to Children
- King David was a “man after God’s own heart.” His son, Solomon, was raised and indoctrinated under God’s laws and commandments. I Kings 2:1-4 tells us: “…David…charged Solomon his son, saying, ‘…be strong…prove yourself a man… keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn…” Solomon’s father, his parent, was careful to give a Godly foundation to his son.
- II Kings 12 gives the account of Athaliah. She was the daughter of Jexebel, the most wicked Queen of Israel. She was raised and indoctrinated from childhood to worship Baal. When her son Ahaziah died, she usurped her position as Queen of Judah, continued to worship Baal and idols, built altars for idol worship, and influenced the Israelites to turn from the True and Living God. Her wicked, Godless life and reign was a spiritual destruction to all – all as a result of her totally Godless spiritual foundation.
- After David’s death, Solomon became King of Israel. He asked God, not for riches, but for wisdom which God faithfully gave him.
As King, Solomon became a parent, and wrote many Proverbs. Throughout this Book of the Bible, we find many verses addressed to “My son” which include such charges as “hear the instruction of your father…receive…apply…seek…keep…pay attention…a wise son…a righteous man…a good man…a gracious woman…a virtuous wife.”
These writings were foundational to teach God’s ways and prepare Solomon’s children, and following generations, for a righteous, successful adult life.
1. Jesus Himself was concerned about the acceptance and teaching of children – “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:14
2. Paul told Timothy in II Timothy 1:5 and 3:14,15 – “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also…you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus .”
As a small child, Timothy received knowledge and instruction from God’s laws and commandments. His foundational teaching for eternal life and living a Godly life was from his maternal spiritual influences.
3. From the above examples, we can now realize that the type of spiritual foundation taught to a child can influence his/her adult life. Has the child truly learned of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ? Has he/she learned how to live a God-honoring life?
4. It is the choice of parents, Pastors, Sunday School teachers, and church leaders to –
- Follow God’s command – “teach them diligently to your children …telling to the generation to come that they might know them…that they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God but keep His commandments.”
- Teach eternal salvation – As a result of recognizing sin, they can then be led to the Savior – the One who forgives their sin and offers eternal salvation from their soul’s punishment -eternal separation from God. They must know that Jesus took their punishment for sin and died in their place. If they ask Him for forgiveness of sin, and ask Him to be their Savior, they can then be assured of life eternal with Jesus Christ in Heaven.
- They must know – “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
- They must know – “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
- They must know – how to live a Godly life. “… present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…do not be conformed to this world…transformed by the renewing of your mind…prove what is…perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1,2
- Be committed to God – teaching foundational truths for the sake of the “generations to come.”
TODAY’S CHILD …
Yesterday a child was born –
He was God’s gift so wee;
His mother sang her praise
As she held him on her knee.
Today you have him, teacher,
Not to play upon your knee;
But to teach the precious
Word of God
To prepare him for eternity.
Tomorrow he’s your future.
May he on bended knee –
Be able to thank our
For the way you shaped