Serving in the children's ministry at my local church, I often wonder if the kids are really absorbing and learning any of the biblical truths that we teach every Sunday. Much time and effort is put into each lesson in hopes that the children will understand the bible lesson that is being taught each week. But then the kids go home with their families and we don't see them until the following Sunday. Do the kids think about the bible stories during the week? Do the kids talk to their parents about what they learn on Sunday? Is what we are teaching these children making a real difference in their lives? These are questions I have asked God recently and He answered in a big way!
We had family over for dinner a couple nights ago. Cameron, my 5 year old son, was playing with his 3 year old cousin Parker. Cameron started telling Parker how he goes to church on Sunday and learns about God, Jesus, Moses, and the Israelites. Cameron told Parker all about the burning bush and that God was talking to Moses through the bush and told Moses to lead His people to the Promised Land. Cameron told Parker about the three wise men and the birth of Jesus. These were all lessons that we taught recently in our children's ministry. Cameron not only remembered, he remembered in great detail, and he was eager to tell his friends what he had learned!
There are many milestones in a child's life. First steps, first words, and first tooth. Parents never want to miss any of these milestones. Unfortunately I wasn't in the room to witness this spiritual milestone in my son's life. My wife, Michelle, told me all about it. I wish I were there to see it. I would have given Cameron a huge father-son-high-five! But I did make sure to let Cameron know just how proud I was of him over dinner the next night. His response to me after telling him how proud I was of him for sharing what he has learned was, "But I forgot to tell Parker about the cross." I chuckled and said, "It's alright Cameron. You can tell him all about the cross next time you see him."
Don't be afraid to speak God's word to your children. It is not too big for them to understand, and you aren't just wasting your time. You will be amazed by how much a child can really understand God's grace and love for them.
I am a proud father of my son. I only pray that the Lord, our father, is looking down from heaven and is just as proud of me, his son.