On Sunday, we received a blessing that has not been shared at Noddfa for what I believe to be many a year. We had just as many Children than adults at the service!
Who would have thought it? Just a year ago we were gathered as a small remnant of grey? What a blessing!
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3
However, having so many children obviously caused some disruptions, at times amidst the pew banging, the screaming and the loud whispers of “be quiet” from the parents; I could barely hear myself think!
As I paused between sentences to gather my thoughts, I was saying to myself the words of our Lord as written in the KJV, “Suffer little Children and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14). In other words, “put up and get on with it John”.
Why? Well because the Lord values children!
“Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” (Matthew 19:13-15)
Notice the children had to be brought to Him, so, you can assume that they were similar ages to whom we had on Sunday. Young children who could not physically make their own way, or did not yet have the ability to follow their parents instructions come. Yet, despite their utter weakness and dependency our Lord welcomed them.
How amazing is our God that He, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the all powerful and all knowing creator, desires to give His time to the most helpless of us.
The Lord cares for Children so we must!
Jesus looked upon those children as He once looked upon us. He saw them not only as what they are now but what they will become. We must Praise God for this truth, for before we knew Him, we shared all the attributes of a young child, we were weak, naive, uneducated and rebellious. Yet He still, so lovingly, told us to come.
Earlier this year (in faith) we started a Sunday School (11am) and the Lord has blessed that step forward as a church. The children attendance is an answer to prayer, we must not hinder them! A child’s mind is like a sponge and we do not know how the Holy Spirit is working in them even at this most early stage.
They may not bear fruit for decades (if at all), but we must be encouraged that the Lord is sending in His next generation!
“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
Yes, they may bang the pews and scream the place down! Yes, they maybe too young to sit through a sermon. But they are not too young to pray for!
And that is what I am encouraging all who read this to do. Pray that the Lord will continue to bring children (and their parents in) and that they will be saved.