Friday, December 26, 2008

Investing In The Future (Part 1)

As most people already know student and children's ministries occupy a huge space in my heart. In fact, one might even say that I've got my future staked on this being my biggest future investment.

So how about you? Where do students and children of all ages fall on your level of importance?

Do you understand what a huge future investment they really are?

Take for instance the faith of Job. We all know there are many lessons to be learned from Job but one that I ran across this morning really made me stand up and take notice!

Job 1:4-5

4 His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.

The passage states that Job would do this for EACH of them. If you look back at verse 2 you will read that he had a total of 10 children! Seven sons and three daughters.

The passage above also states that this was his regular custom.

So the question is, do we invest in the future of our children (students/children's ministries) as much as we should?

Are we praying constantly for them and lifting them up? Do we pray prayers of spiritual strength for the spiritual battles that they no doubt are facing?

Our children and students are our future they are the greatest missions outreach we could ever be a part of.

Are you truly investing in the future?

1 comment:

  1. Joe, that is exactly why I love to teach the elementary age kids! The investment HAS to start early... and kids have to know they are valuable to the kingdom in order for them to continue the work that will be set before them! Good Post!