Big questions: Do the kid’s in your kid’s church know your personal testimony? I’m not talking about “adult” things they are not ready to handle. I’m talking about the amazing things God has done in your life. More importantly, do your OWN children know your testimony? How important is it that they know? It’s importance cannot be overstated.

 Let us NEVER underestimate our little one’s capability to understand the things of God.  The key is explaining the wonders God has done in a way that children can understand.  A common misperception I have seen among Christians is the thinking, “spiritual things should be kept from children until they are older and better able to understand them.”  This kind of thinking is exactly opposite from what God has laid out in Scripture.  Look at Deuteronomy 6:6-7 :“Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”  There are many such commands in God’s Word to tell your children all about the wonderful things God has done and said.  And the command was not limited to the parents! It was the parents first responsibility yes, to tell their children about the love and law of God,  but it was the whole congregation’s duty to keep retelling the stories of God’s goodness to all of the children!  The Israelites disobeyed God’s command to instruct their children, and the result was: “another generation grew up after them, who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.  Then the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the lord… they abandoned the Lord.” Judges 2:10-11a These children grew up never knowing God, or how He delivered their grandparents from slavery or parted the red sea for their parents to walk through on dry ground.  They never learned anything about the Lord, so when they grew up, they chose to have nothing to do with God.

As we look back on our lives, and a church history, so full of healing, growth and miracles- I wonder-  do our children know all of the wonderful things GOD has done for us????   Do they know how we first met Jesus??? When God answers a prayer for us, be it financial, physical, or spiritual, do we let our children know that we know a God who cares enough about us to answer with power?  I believe that when our children reach the “age of accountability”, they will each make their decision concerning Jesus Christ based on their experiences up to that point.  We cannot make that decision for them.  But we can shape their early experiences to point them to Jesus.  When John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus to ask, “are You the Christ or do we look for another?”  Jesus did not give them all a lesson in systematic theology, or assign them a great book to read.  He simply said, “go tell John, what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have the good news preached to them.” Matthew 11:4   When our children ask us,  “is Jesus THE answer, or do we look for another?”  (and if they don’t ask out loud, they will think it some time in their lives), we need to be prepared to tell them over and over the wonderful things God has done for us- both in the past and this week.  If we honestly cannot think of anything recent to tell – no current answers to prayer- then we must pray for more, believe God to reveal Himself in the here and now.  And when God answers in a big way, remember-  your testimony of God’s goodness in front of the church on the weekend will never be as important as your testimony in your mini-van on the way to or from church. Go be that living message to your kids! Love PT

In His Service, Pastor Trisha