Summary: Children are so often neglected in our society. But in Jesus' kingdom they are the keys to the community!
Why Kids Are So Important
Series: Kids of the Kingdom
May 4, 2014
(Gather kids and ask 1 kid to put an easy puzzle together. Tell him/her that if they put it together under the time limit then they will get a prize. Say, “Go!” but give them only 5 seconds. Say, “Time UP!” Do this for 2-3 kids.)
Well, nobody won the prize. Sorry. How many of you don’t think that was fair? How many of you think I should have given you more time? Were you frustrated? angry? You know, there are lot of things in this world that we don’t have enough time for…
• Teacher wants you to get an assignment done…
• Parents don’t give you enough time playing video games, or pick up toys…
• Not enough time to eat before you have to go to school.
Those are all important, but what if the thing that doesn’t get enough time is YOU? For example…How does it make you feel when your Mom or your Dad tells you that they don’t have enough time to play with you? (ask for response)
Let me read to you a verse from Luke 18:15-17 in the bible…”People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said,“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
In this story, children were being brought to Jesus, but his helpers were saying to them…”Leave Jesus alone! He doesn’t have enough time for these little kids…He’s a busy man! So take them away!” Do you know what Jesus said when He heard them say that? He said, “NO!!! Let them come to me! It doesn’t matter how busy I am…I always have time for children…I love them…they matter very much to me”. I want you to remember that about Jesus. He always has time for you! If you are hurting, or crying, or lonely, or feeling like nobody loves you…Jesus ALWAYS has time for you! He’s God, so He’s never too busy for you to talk to Him and tell Him your problems. He’s never too busy to help you. Can you remember that? OK. Sorry for not giving you enough time to finish the puzzle, and even though none of you won the prize, I want to give it to you anyway.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but we’re making reaching kids for Jesus, a major emphasis here at Summit Church, and I just thought it would be a good idea to tell you why all the sudden we’re so into children’s ministry.
Tell story of how God spoke to me about kids being the keys to the kingdom…
I was frustrated and worn out when went on Sabbatical…no one being saved. Start…”Lord, give me the keys to this community” After done…Kind of like, “Oh, by the way, Kids”. That’s all He said! Burden got unbearable! Found myself crying for the kids as saw on street. I had to do something! So I started working that direction…crazy idea…pastor meeting Bev Daily… little did I know that they were praying for churches in this area!