With a Gift Comes Responsibility

I so appreciated all that Pastor Larry had to say last weekend! Children are valuable to Jesus and they are valuable to Bethany. They are created in God’s image, fearfully and wonderfully made – truly a gift from God.

But with that gift, comes the responsibility to pass on what we know to those who are younger than us! Unlike Joshua, we haven’t set up stones as markers (Joshua 4:20-24), but each one of us has a story of God’s redemption in our own life. Much to the chagrin of His disciples, Jesus made time for the children, to touch them and to bless them. We have an amazing opportunity to be involved in a life change; to see a child grow and develop – to understand his/her need for a Saviour and accept Him as Lord of their lives! There is nothing more important – it is the foundation for their future lives and the greater faith community.

Psalm 145:4-5 says, “One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

Statistics tell us that children are more likely than adults to accept Jesus. In fact, 85% of people who become a Christ-Follower do so before the age of 12. What we believe when we are just 13 years old is likely what we will die believing. Do you see the urgency here? The importance? The opportunity?

Pastor Larry talked about the challenges of the last days: (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

Do you see that last line, “having a form of godliness but denying its power.”? We, as a church community, have a responsibility to these kids, entrusted to us, to make sure they are equipped to stand in a world that is so against goodness and grace. We need to make sure they know and serve Jesus. It’s going to take all of us, working together, to make sure this happens! We can never give up- there is too much at stake!

2 Timothy 4:2-5: “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

We need to evangelize our own kids – they need to ear the truth of God’s word, the truth of what He has done FOR us and IN us, our lives changed by His love and grace, the work He completed on the cross.

We need you to join our amazing team of people who are making a difference with the next generation. There are many opportunities for Summer and for Fall, so let’s talk about how you can become involved. There are volunteer opportunities for every level of skill and time. Share what you have experienced, share what you know, and learn as you go. Check out all the ways we influence kids!

Jayne Duldner
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