Have you figured it out yet?
Jesus came through an unknown young girl and her husband of unknown heritage. His birth was announced to humble shepherds. There was no room in the Inn so the Son of God was born in a place suitable more for animals than the King of Kings.
We know this story. We’ve taught this story. A hundred times in a hundreds ways.
But what does this mean for us in Children’s Ministry?
It means everything. It’s more than just a story for Christmas time. It reveals how God prefers to get things done. He is a God who’s glory and power and provision is best on display when it is needed most.
When we look at our ministries, too often we see how things ought to be. How our staffing ought to be. Our facilities. Our budgets. Our resources. Our…. (dare I say it?) appreciation for all that we do for the children. We may even look at the lack of skill in the volunteers we have to work with, the age of the equipment we have inherited, the pathetic budget we have to work with or underwhelming support we feel we get for our needs.
What? There’s no room for us at the board meeting?
Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, wish you had, or think you need – look at the God you serve and mission before you. You’ll realize you have everything you need already!
You lead an ordinary children’s ministry? That’s fantastic! That’s exactly the type God can use to change the world! I’m not referring to literally changing the whole world, but changing the world of the kids you serve. Who knows how they might impact the world one day!
No one in Bethlehem had any idea that night when they head a baby crying, the impact it would have on the history of the world for centuries to come!
What child is this? What child is that sitting in your ministry on Sunday?