Centrikid Day 2
Yesterday, kids learned about God's truth and how sometimes it is "unseen" in the world. Well one of the truths that God gives us in His Word that I am constantly seeing is that Jesus wants little children to come to him. Remember the story of the twelve disciples rebuking the little children but Jesus saying, "Let the little children come to me..."
"Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 19:13-14
Fun Fact: it is interesting that Jesus uses the term "little ones", basically children, in Matthew 10:42 referring to his disciples and here in chapter 19 he says to let the "little children" come to him. The "little ones" being the twelve disciples compare quite unfavorably to the real "little ones" in this episode! But isn't that just like kids to show us how we are to approach Jesus? It seems that children are constantly showing me how to approach Jesus as they come to our Lord humbly, expectantly, and full of child-like faith and wonder.
So on Monday night I had a disciples and the little children moment myself. We had just gotten all the boys in bed and I was about to turn off the lights. I don't want to brag, but a significant feat. Sixteen 3rd-6th grade boys, who have in their stomach's Hershey's quarterly sales goal, have been corralled into their rooms and have been asked/told/bribed to get in bed. Now the lights are about to go out for a little bit of sleep. Not bad. But as I am about to turn out the lights a 4th grader calmly speaks up and says, "Pastor David, who is going to pray for us tonight?" Palm to face. Head down. Unintentionally rebuked by a child. So I said with my new found humility, "Thank you so much for reminding me that we can pray before we go to bed. Would you pray for us?" He said, "Sure" and asked God to keep us safe and that we would all sleep well.
Or how about this? A little girl asked to pray yesterday. She placed her hands together and bowed her head and prayed for her mom and dad and brother. She then prayed for everyone in her cabin and all the dogs and cats in the world. You know why? Because she believes that the Jesus she has been told about by her mom and dad and Sunday School teachers loves and cares for her and has told her through Scripture to ask him anything...and she takes him at his word. She believes Jesus cares for her mom and dad and brother. She believes that Jesus cares for all her friends in her cabin and she believes that Jesus cares for all the dogs and cats in the world. Because she approaches Jesus humbly, expectantly, and with child-like faith and wonder.
Let the little children come to me. Why? Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven." Now does that mean that on the deed to heaven is the names of children? Well yeah, in a manner of speaking. But the point Jesus is making is that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who approach him like little children. Jesus said to let the little children come to him because he loves them of course, but also because the way they come to him is the way we should all come to him: humbly, expectantly, and with child-like faith and wonder.
I'm sure you can think of quite a few instances when your kids have reminded you of the doctrine of total depravity and the fallenness of humanity, but today see if you can remember times when, by their words or actions, they may have unintentionally taught you about how we should all approach Jesus. I am constantly being reminded by children how I should approach Jesus and I can't wait to learn more from these kids at camp.
Below is a photo collage one of our adult leaders, Micelle Hallmark, took and created. Be sure to follow Weems Creek on Instagram to see more pics of what is going on at camp.