Let’s Help Children Discover
Have you ever watched a child’s eyes light up as they discover something exciting about Jesus? I have. It is worth the effort!—for many reasons.
The biggest reason relates to what we read in Mark 10:13-14 (NIV)—
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Clearly, we must do everything we can to fulfill Jesus’ desire toward our children.
He encourages us to bring them to him. Even more so, he wants us to remove every obstacle that would hinder them from having a personal encounter with Jesus because, in the end, childlike faith in Christ is and will always be the hallmark of everyone who belongs to God’s kingdom—young or old (Mark 10:15; Matthew 18:3).
Do you want to get a child near you more involved with Jesus as Lord of all? Here are some suggestions to equip you to help our children— as young as possible—begin to explore the greatness and grace of God’s Son.
Let Laura Sassi Help You
Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. She writes daily from her home in New Jersey and is the author of multiple award-winning books for young hearts. (See more here.)
Laura is a friend who loves Jesus and children; we’re part of the same congregation, in fact. Recently, she introduced me to her beautiful book Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep (Beaming Books).
Little Ewe would rather jump on logs and investigate spider webs than follow the shepherd when he calls. But what happens when she gets lost? How will she find her way home? Told in whimsical rhyme, this humorous counting book for our littlest ones is a delightful reminder that, like a loving parent, our Shepherd will find and care for us, even when we wander from the path.
Did you catch that? This book for three- and four-year-olds is actually about the supremacy of Christ—our sovereign Shepherd—presented on a child’s level. This small volume (with great graphics!) provides a perfect place to begin the adventure of helping little ones in your life learn about the greatness and grace of Jesus.
And Visit the “Christ Kids” Page
The goal of Christ Kids is to help your children know Jesus in the majesty of his spectacular supremacy. If Jesus is the greatest hope for your child—and he is!—then a diminished vision of Jesus is the greatest crisis for your child.
Look at this one-minute video highlighting how ready and able our children are to embrace a larger vision of Christ.
To this end, we would like to recommend a few steps and age-appropriate resources as you partner with the Father to raise children “in the way of the Master.” In fact, you could begin with Kids’ Daily Christ Reader, written by a dad and his 12-year-old daughter. It’s downloadable free!
For more ideas and resources, click HERE.
Start Ministering to a Child Now—
Ask the Father to show you one child in your life that you care about and then pray for them using this model prayer to start with, inserting their name at the proper places:
Heavenly Father, thank you for entrusting (child’s name) to me. My desire is for (him/her) to walk with Jesus all the days of their life and have a full vision of who Jesus is.
Of course, I don’t even know ALL that Jesus is, so help me to see him for ALL he is. Reveal more of Christ to me so I can reveal more of Christ to (child’s name).
Thank you also for the others you will use to teach (child’s name) about Jesus. Fill them with your Spirit to serve this precious soul for Jesus’ sake.
Show me the place that (child’s name) has in your plans so I may know how to guide (him/her). As (child’s name) grows, help (him, her) to find a place in your kingdom.
Most of all, may (child’s name) delight in you, glorify the Son, and partner with the Spirit for the glory of Jesus, whom you love.
Children start at birth to discover the world around them—including their concept of God and Jesus. Of course, they learn mostly from what we model for them.
Hopefully, they begin to understand God’s love because we love them as the Lord loves us. And may they learn of strong devotion to Jesus by how surrendered we are to him in the midst of our busy lives.
So, let’s definitely pray often for the children in our lives by name.
But at the same time, let’s make sure, as parents and grandparents, that we ourselves are continually discovering and growing in ALL that Jesus is in the majesty of his supremacy, so by our example, we instill that grander vision of our Savior in every child God has given us in our circles of influence—even into their teens and beyond.
We hope these valuable resources will help you in this sacred privilege.
About the Author
Over the past 50 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to ChristNow.com and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ Awakening movements. Order his widely read books at DavidBryantBooks.com. Enjoy his regular Daily CHRIST TODAY Podcast.