Tonight the young men of our congregation conducted our worship service. These seven young men each did a scripture reading and led a song about heaven. Some might say that these boys are the church of the future, but I disagree. I believe that they are the church of today. Our young people are such an important part of our congregation. They are examples for the young children who are watching, as well as those of us who are older. I’m just so proud of them.
It didn’t just happen by chance. These boys been coming to church most of their lives. Good parents and grandparents have led by example. Godly Bible class teachers have shared God’s word with them, challenging them to “study to show thyself approved unto God” (II Timothy 2:15). Some people believe that they should just wait until their children grow up and let them decide whether or not they want to go to church. Of course, these parents make them go to school whether they like it or not. They make them brush their teeth, and take a bath. Why should we not care about their spiritual training?
Years ago, I learned a rhyme that has stayed with me. I’m not sure who the writer is – I tried to look it up online, but I couldn’t find it. I believe that parents who follow this advice will reap many benefits in this life and beyond, and the church will continue to grow.
Before a child has come to seven Teach him well the way to heaven. Better yet, he will thrive, If he knows it when he’s five. Better still, if on your knee, He learns of Jesus when he’s three. But, best of all, is when you’ve begun To teach him of God’s love, before he’s one.
God Bless, Courtney