Sermon Reflection: It Takes a Church
Growing up within the church is a wonderful blessing. Close your eyes for a moment and picture your church family. Who all did you see? Go ahead, name them. The pastor. The elders. The youth pastor. The ones who lead worship. Do you see them all? How about the children? How precious are they?
Last Sunday we heard a sermon on the importance of raising those babies up in the ways of the Lord. What job in our life is as important as raising our children in the Truth? Nothing. Children are a gift from God. You do not need to be a parent to know that. Watching the child dedication Sunday, all you had to do was look at the faces of the babies, or at the smiles on the parents’ faces. Kids are so very precious.
Whether you are the God-chosen caretaker of those miracles or not, we all have a role. Churches are wonderful places for children to grow up because of all of us. Those smiles we give. The hugs. The games we play with them between services. Every moment that we all bond as a family in Christ, those are such wonderful opportunities to pour into the lives of those children.
Are you blessed by the children’s presence in our church? Do you smile when you hear them laugh? What sound is prettier than a kid singing or praying? Surely, they are a treasured group in our body. If they have ever brought a smile to your face, imagine how they see us. They are in a special place right now, because growing up within the church is a wonderful blessing. So let’s pour out all our love on them.