In the past year we have had 2 families welcome foster children into their homes and 5 families give birth to new biological children. 3 of those babies were just born last week, all within 24 hours of each other. For a small church, there is a lot of new life in our midst!
Behold, children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3
Children are a blessing. They are to be celebrated as a gift from God. Let’s be honest though, kids can also be really annoying. They limit their parent’s ability to have any conversation longer than 30 seconds. They are disruptive in our church gatherings. They are loud. They break stuff. They whine, they cry, they yell, they add volume and chaos to everything. And behind our smiles, can’t we often be gritting our teeth and feeling like our time together would be so much more productive without any kids around?
Here is what we have to understand though, we are commanded in scripture
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts Psalm 145:5
It is the responsibility of the current generation to commend the Lord and declare his mighty acts to the future generation. This isn’t just the responsibility of parents. This command in Psalm 145:5 is given in the context of the gathered assembly of God’s people. It is the gathered church’s responsibility to raise up another generation to worship God. And so kids, while annoying (I have 3 kids and freely admit that they are not little angels), are part of our mission. They aren’t something to be “put up with” in our gatherings. They are part of the reason for why we are gathering.
If you have children, don’t sideline them in our gatherings, or get embarrassed when they are disruptive. They are your primary mission field and the future of our church.
If you don’t have children, how can you rally around those that do? Parenting is incredibly hard work. Parents need other adults to develop relationships with our kids, so that they can hear about Jesus from more than just us. Parents oftentimes need an extra pair of hands or extra pair of eyes. Parents always need prayers.
Let’s be a community that doesn’t just “put up” with our kids, but keeps them a central part of our mission.
- Pastor Jeff
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