Being His In Children's Ministry
=Making A Difference-
Written by: The Holy Spirit
Prayed-Penned by Kimberlymac
John 17 Jesus Prays for Himself
1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed. He said, "Father, the time has come. Bring glory to your Son. Then your Son will bring glory to you. 2 You gave him authority over all people. He gives eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 "And what is eternal life? It is knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth. I have finished the work you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, give glory to me in heaven where your throne is. Give me the glory I had with you before the world began. Jesus Prays for His Disciples 6 "I have shown you to the disciples you gave me out of the world. They were yours. You gave them to me. And they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 I gave them the words you gave me. And they accepted them. They knew for certain that I came from you. They believed that you sent me.
"I pray for them. I am not praying for the world. I am praying for those you have given me, because they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. Glory has come to me because of my disciples.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV) Copyright © 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society
I read this verse this morning and thought of it in the light of ministering to, caring for children. I believe it speaks great Godly relevance to all those who serve God in the ministry of children, in times such as these. Jesus tells us to give children the Words He has given us and to pray for them! He asks us to hope huge that they believe Who Jesus is, and desire deeply for them to come to know Him personally! Daily so many of us cry out to God, The Father, that the children He has put in our life-path will accept Him and believe His Words! (You don't have to be in children's ministry in a church to be in children's ministry! Open your eyes and look around you. There are children all around you that need to know Jesus, to hear His Transforming Words of Life and be impacted by your "Shout Out" of His Faith in action!)
I heard the Holy Spirit very clearly as I read this verse above and I saw the heart of God in a different light as He shined it for children and the hope He has that we diligently pray for them to grow in Christ, desiring His wisdom to be awakened and come to life in their hearts! Life is hard on children in times such as these, but God is pure goodness! When we "Talk Up" the way, the truth and the life of Jesus Christ, we are equipping a child with what they need to make the right decisions, choice by choice empowering them with the way to obey His Word. When we "Pray It Up" for the children around us, then God will give them, by His Holy Spirit, the power to choose what is right for them, to chose life instead of dead ends.
The coolest thing that jumped out at my spirit this morning about this verse, really just lifts the burden off our shoulders when it comes to caring for children, (whom many are daily living through and suffering with the huge consequences of the wrong choices of the adults responsible for them) is this:
These children, they belong to God Almighty, and even more so, the ministry unto them is His: His Love, His favor, His anointing, His wisdom, His creativity and all the strength, the power, the tools of our Kingdom Trade…. It all belongs to Jesus.
Our accountability is not immediately to the children themselves, but our personal actions must be first to the responsibility of tapping into the nutriment stream of our Father God, where we receive His might, wisdom, love, favor, strength, provision and power to care for the children He has "purposely put" into our life-path. (There is a heavenly hindsight waiting to be played out in their lives and you are the one to direct their focus unto Jesus, the One Who will enlighten their darkened minds with truth and give them a Bright Future And Hope!)
There is Kingdom purpose in every situation you divinely encounter with all children under heaven, as it is seen on earth. Be aware of those children around you today and may your divine appointment with them be glorious!
As I read John 17 today and the Lord simply spoke to my heart, I was engulfed with His heart of passion, it saturated my soul and stimulated my spirit as I simultaneously realized the fullness of God's truth that these children and this children's ministry is in very capable hands and should not be carried in any way by me, it is not necessary! Our God is Mighty to Save! Through this powerful revelation, I have gleamed that my Father God has asked me to believe in Him completely and confidently-boldly share His Word that never returns void! It is His desire that I hope huge in the heart of the gospel, His spoken Word that always, in His perfect timing through destined Kingdom purpose, brings about change of ownership, citizenship and destiny for all children under the "shout out" of its Powerful Voice!
We all hurt for the children suffering aimlessly all around us; they are not being nurtured in the way that God had hoped when He placed them as disciples in the care of their parents. (sin happens… because we live in a fallen country that is pushing God out of the center of it and the consequential burden is great upon the innocence, safety and vulnerability of the children of this land… warfare happens) The best thing we can do for children is to first "be found" in a vital, personal relationship with Jesus Christ; a relationship that "Talks Up" His life!
When we are united with The Triune God, connecting spirit-to-spirit, every day in every way possible to us, our lives can and will reflect a hope huge, a bold confidence,
a "Shout Out":
"I believe in Jesus Christ for these children He has put in my life path, they belong to the Father God! He is working in the unseen for their good! They have an amazing future and hope! Their Father God, He is simply enough for them!"
Yes I do understand the burden when you care about children in a time such as this! I have cried many of tears, as the empathy of God is heavy upon me in intercession, but the Yoke of ministry is light when it belongs to Jesus Christ and I know He cries with me and He also significantly saves every single tear shed for His children!
Every child He has put in your life path through His Shepherding heart of compassion, they are His not yours and He is able to care for them in ways we can't even begin to fathom, imagine or hope for.
Therefore in Light of the above revelation, I choose to Believe in Jesus, and pray-hope-huge! (brbJ, at this point I have to stop and bow my heart humbly before God in awe of WHO HE IS! I take my hands off of His children's ministry, releasing the burden I am carrying and yoke myself to Jesus. Not my will but Yours be done, not my way but Your way be done, not my plan but Your future be done. These children are Yours.) Today, right now, I choose an impacting faith that is unburdened by doubt, confident in belief and standing in the shadow of His Grace with a HUGE HOPE in The Father God and His ability to transform lives! The heart of His Gospel is change! He can! He will! The best is yet to come in the lives of the children God has put in our path! Watch, believe He is working in the unseen for their good and see His glory! Heavenly Hindsight is on the way! Trust!
- Remember: The best thing you can "do" in children's ministry is to "be"! Be connected to Jesus, spirit-to-spirit and hear His Heart intent, receive His passion and do and say everything unto Him. Eat His Word! Be nourished moment to moment in His hope and promise!
- Remember: Position Yourself In His Grace! He is the power to change the heart, mind and destiny of His children. Tap into His life and be His, therefore you do not carry His children upon your back, you walk unencumbered knowing that what you do unto Jesus will be seeded into each child from life unto life as God works in the unseen for their good.
- Remember: Everything matters! Do not grow weary because of what is seen, be strong in the hope of truth and endure with bold confidence! Stand in the promise of the Almighty God, Whom these children belong to!
Now, may I take a few more moments of your time? I ask you to listen with your spirit to the passion that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has for His children and release any burden you are carrying for them. Yoke yourself to His passionate heart. Know His Heart, Know His Mind and you will know a burden for children that impassions your soul with a huge hope, yokes you to a confident belief that their Masterful, Father God is working in the unseen for their good! Let everything you do for His children, be because You are being His and acting, talking up and shouting out His life unto Him!
Loving Children, Teaching Children And Caring For Children - As You Are Being His First, It Matters Significantly…
"I will not remain in the world any longer. But they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name. It is the name you gave me. Keep them safe so they can be one, just as you and I are one.
12 "While I was with them, I guarded them. I kept them safe through the name you gave me. None of them has been lost, except the one who was sentenced to be destroyed. It happened so that Scripture would come true.
13 "I am coming to you now. But I say these things while I am still in the world. I say them so that those you gave me can have all my joy inside them. 14 I have given them your word. The world has hated them. This is because they are not part of the world any more than I am. 15 I do not pray that you will take them out of the world. I pray that you will keep them safe from the evil one.
16 "They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to it. 17 Use the truth to make them holy. Your word is truth. 18 You sent me into the world. In the same way, I have sent them into the world. 19 I make myself holy for them so that they too can be made holy in a true sense.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 "I do not pray only for them. I pray also for those who will believe in me because of their message. 21 Father, I pray that all of them will be one, just as you are in me and I am in you. I want them also to be in us. Then the world will believe that you have sent me.
22 "I have given them the glory you gave me. I did this so they would be one, just as we are one. 23 I will be in them, just as you are in me. I want them to be brought together perfectly as one. This will let the world know that you sent me. It will also show the world that you have loved those you gave me, just as you have loved me.
24 "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am. I want them to see my glory, the glory you have given me. You gave it to me because you loved me before the world was created.
25 "Father, you are holy. The world does not know you, but I know you. Those you have given me know you have sent me. 26 I have shown you to them. And I will continue to show you to them. Then the love you have for me will be in them. I myself will be in them."
New International Reader's Version (NIRV) Copyright © 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society
From The Author: Kimberlymac
Actually, the author of this is The Holy Spirit; I am His pen and prayer quill! I hope and pray for you this day that God will bless you with passion and hope for all the children that are in your life-path. Become the best you can be in Christ Jesus! Believe in Him wholeheartedly and continue to grow to a "completely His" choice by choice. To further the development of your servant's heart, I encourage you to check out my website "The Bridegroom's Café". Here you can grow into a seasoned servant as you spend time with Jesus. The Servant Table is a good place to start with today. The meal Jesus has cooked called "Godly Virtue" will season your servant's heart. The Family Table is another great menu for you to "Pray It UP" for your family each week, standing on the promises of God! God Bless You Much!
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