This post was written by Eric Barnes from Real Perspective Ministry.
I have always had a nagging question regarding ministry to children. This question helps me refer to the scriptures in times of confusion or stress. This question keeps my spiritual compass always directed at God’s will and not just my own will for ministry. The big question? ………WHY?
- Why do i feel the need to entertain?
- Why do I need to speak differently to children than adults?
- Why am I doing this crazy object lesson right now?
- Why do I show videos or play games?
- Why do I decorate the stage?
- Why am I even doing this kind of ministry?
Please understand, I am not attacking anything that I question. I am simply establishing the foundation on which to build good ministry. If we don’t ask ourselves “why am I doing this?” We may find our ministry running down a rabbit trail without true results that God desires. I challenge you. Take a full day if you can and question ALL of the things you do in ministry. Offer your processes, plans, and curriculum on the altar of God like Abraham did with Isaac. Be willing to change everything in order to please the father and watch Him bring His glory like never before.
I know the answers to my questions. I have a strong conviction from the father about what we do and we see His hand in it. I will give up everything just to see God work in the life of a child. Will you?
This is my challenge to you.
I will offer a word of warning, You will not be popular. It will not be easy. You will be uncomfortable. Once you give total ownership of “your” ministry to God. He could start making changes without your consent.
Once I tried to go against what I knew Gods plan was for a service and God wiped out my computer on a Sunday morning in order to stop me from interfering with His plans. So I finally submitted, and God brought His presence in like a flood. Children were crying out in worship on the mic while others received the baptism of the Holy Spirit on their faces alone and unprompted during their time of worship. Since that time we have seen many children radically changed For the Lord.
I am not in any way the final authority on ministry, But I simply encourage you. Lay down your schedule, get alone, give it all to God. and Get out of His way. That is the beginning of something great.
Joshua 1:8-9 (New International Version) 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”