“Let the little children come to me…”

Posted by Steven Braucht on

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

The gospel does not belong only to the old or to the young. It is not confined to this culture or that one or to one social class over another. Jesus does however, make a strong point in this passage that children will be drawn to Him and that we should not bar the gate.

“Let the little children come to me…”
I am thankful, as a father and a pastor, that our church sees the value of pouring our time, resources and giftedness into these precious children. We have not hindered the little children; instead, we provide opportunity! One week ago the campus was full of children for five straight days of VBS. The experience for children, students, and adults was truly remarkable as we planted seeds of truth in over 200 kids, counseled 20 or more and were blessed still by at least one profession of faith. One child was quoted as saying, “I cannot wait to come back to VBS next week, “while a parent mentioned the possibility of making First Baptist Plano their church home. I pray that these children choose to follow Him with their lives!

“Let the little children come to me…”
This fantastic week of ministry could not have happened without the sacrificial efforts of our Children’s Minister, Joan Ross, her assistant, Cathy Hacker, and a host of other adult leaders who served both on the frontlines and in the background. Your efforts are significant in this kingdom work, and we need to prepare now for increased VBS attendance next year. We WILL need more volunteer’s in the future so start praying and preparing now. I wonder how many adults in this church were led to Christ at a VBS in the past.

“Let the little children come to me…”
In addition to these adults we were blessed by an outstanding group of teenagers whose tireless energy, passion for service, and love for Jesus came shining through their every interaction. Our high school and college students are not simply helpers or subordinates on the mission, but they routinely step forward to offer leadership in all facets of VBS. This level of commitment from our students is nothing new. My friend, Jeff Howard, along with our youth workers does an amazing job discipleing these students and equipping them for ministry. I wonder how many of these teenagers were impacted by the children’s ministry of this church and others.

“Let the little children come to me…”
Let me encourage you to pray for our teenagers as they go on mission together to the Western Navajo Reservation in Arizona beginning on Friday of this week. These students will assist in construction projects and encourage adult believers on the reservation and will also organize and implement kids clubs and sports camps for the children. Many of these families impacted by the camps will not be believers. Please pray a special prayer that God will move in the lives of these families as our students are obedient to Christ’s call to serve.

“Let the little children come to me…”

Blessings,
Steven Braucht
Minister of Music