By Connie Goodson, Children’s Director
I’ve been spending a lot of time over the past week trying to get well with the same sickness everyone else had. So I had some time to read and get caught up on some blogs and articles about Children’s Ministry.
There are statistics everywhere stating the numbers of children who DON’T stay in church when they grow up. 50% said they didn’t agree with their parent’s faith anymore. The numbers are staggering and frightening to me as they attempted to place kids and families in categories based on what kind of church they went to, to the number of times families ate dinner together or how many family devotionals they experienced each week. One article even suggested that 75% of children raised in an evangelical church abandon any relationship with Christ once they leave home.
As a Children’s Director, it made me evaluate what we were doing as a ministry, and even more specifically, what am I doing, to help children and families grow up with a rock-solid faith in Jesus Christ.
I had a helpless feeling and even at moments, sensing hopelessness.
But then I stopped and prayed…and went to God’s Word. There had to be some facts there that would counter all these negative numbers.
The Holy Spirit led me to these:
The woman found 100% of her coins that she lost. (Luke 15:8)
The shepherd stopped what he was doing until he found the one lost sheep. 100% sheep accounted for. (Luke 15:6)
God created everything in 6 days. He completely created everything that needed to be created. 100% done. (Genesis 1)
Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Not part of our sin but ALL our sin. 100% (Colossians 1:14)
He knows the exact number of hairs on our head. Not approximately but the exact number. (Matthew 10:30)
He doesn’t know 25% of me. He knows ALL of me. He knitted me together. (Psalm 139)
As believers in Christ, we are His sheep and NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING can snatch us out of His hand. (John 10:29)
God said He would never leave us. He would be with us always. ALL the time. Always. 100% of the time. (Matthew 28:20)
Now those are numbers that bring comfort and increase our faith. Those are God’s numbers that I can trust and be strengthened by. Not so that I neglect teaching my children about Jesus, having family dinners, family devotionals and attending and serving at the local church together, but to be reminded that the finished work is in God’s hands. He is faithful to us. Philippians 1:6 says ” For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
What a hope we have in Christ. What a joy to be reminded that our hopelessness is removed. That our responsibility is to remain faithful to teach God’s word to our children, and to live the life God gave us to bring honor and glory to our FAITHFUL GOD.
Pray for your children, your grandchildren, your parents. Pray that God will grow their faith. Lead them to worship God…truly worship God in spirit and in truth. Be found faithful to be a living example of how Jesus lived. Honor God in all you say and do. Demonstrate a life of dependence on Christ. Be aware of idols in our lives. Let your children see you reading God’s word. Love the Church. Be faithful to serve the local church. Love others. Worship the one true God and Him only.
Your faithful God is 100% with you today and always and He will always lead, guide, strengthen and equip you to lead your family to have a growing faith in Christ.
1 John 1:4 “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”