While observing spiritual encounters with God in children, a common theme occurs when focusing on discipling and equipping them for ministry.
We move them out of what is comfortable into a new reality with God.
We want them to have that crisis of faith that causes them to trust the Heavenly Father.
That unique experience causes a spiritual revelation, a divine encounter, and it sets their spiritual foundation deep—God reveals Himself to and through them.
I want to ask you a question: Where is your church today in the recognition of children and their spiritual gifts? I challenge you to take a moment to honestly evaluate where you are and the importance of children using their gifts in the body of Christ today. I encourage you to take a test—the Ezekiel test. We use Ezekiel 47:1-5 as an illustration of five levels of spiritual growth, depth, and involvement.
As children’s ministers, we have to ask the question, are my teachers teaching or discipling children in my church?
Are we more concerned about the developmental learning styles of children, whether they are concrete or abstract learners, than about whether they are being transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives?
I believe we should be fascinated with the idea that every child that is saved (or born again) has received the Holy Spirit into their lives.
Yes, the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, including children.
He is not a “baby” Holy Spirit; He is THE Holy Spirit.
Who Is Your Paul? Who Is Your Timothy? by Dr. Clint May
I remember years ago hearing a Christian leader ask, “Who is your Paul, and who is your Timothy?” That resonated with me. I know several leaders who have had a tremendous impact on my life. It came more from their teaching and from reading their books. I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to go far beyond where I am now.
Look at it from a different perspective: YOUR greatest joy in ministry will be when you pass the mantle to others. I love investing in the lives of other leaders, pastors, and children’s pastors. I have found that when I pass on the knowledge the Lord has given me, I am doing the very thing that He has called me to do…“equip the saints for works of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-13). I love to watch them succeed.