The other day my 6 year old was the vessel that the Holy Spirit used to lovingly challenge me.
Every week the children in his kindergarten class take turns with a share bag. The bag hides the said item, and then each child has to guess what it is based on hints the child sharing it gives..He proudly declared to me that he wanted to bring in his bible. It is the bible that our eldest son once cherished and has been handed down in the ranks to him. It is taped and falling apart. He cherishes it and wants to memorise verses and go to sleep with it freshly read.
All I could think, after the joy my heart felt about his passion for it was,“Will he get in trouble?” “ Will the teacher think we are brain washing him?” “ Will he be teased?”…
Shocking to me even as the thoughts formed in my mind.
Then the Holy Spirit, in His ever-loving kindness spoke audibly to me “Would you share the Bible as readily as your 6 year old would?”
I gulped and knew that I would hesitate even if I ended up doing it. Not wanting to offend. Not wanting to push or even in my mind sabotage anything unknowingly due to my lack…What lies!
Then I thought who is to say that the Spirit hadn’t prompted our little boy, through that genuine excitement, with no agenda or fore thought, to be the tool to plant a seed in one of those little peoples hearts and minds?
In Mark 10:15 it says;
“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
I want to be a vessel in other people’s lives.
I want to stand in front of the Father and have him say, “ Well done my good and faithful servant!”
Having children both in my home and through the lives of my friends and family is a humble reminder to have the faith of a child to push me to grow and be outward. The faith of a child produces the attitude that Proverbs 3:5 puts childlike faith in its perfect expression;
“ Trust in the lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight”
Children, whether our own or those around us are more of a blessing and reminder of God’s love and faithfulness than any one can ever fully understand, and they are used in mighty ways in my maturity in Christ.
Thanks for letting me share my heart!
Happy Birthday to you my special 6 year old!!!