Let the Children Come (Encounter the Kingdom)
Jeremiah 31:34 says:
"They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
Here's a promise from God that one day everyone will know God. This promise blows my mind: that one day, as a pastor, I will be out of a job. This is an exciting prospect but how do we get to this place? By allowing children to encounter what we carry inside of us, we will teach a generation about God and His Kingdom. Imagine if a child could know now the things it took you 20 years to understand. Your ceiling would become their floor and then we would become a people of inheritance.
Consider King David and his son, Solomon. Solomon’s birth was the result of sin and disobedience. Despite this, Solomon became the one to fulfill his father’s dream. David made a powerful decision to allow Solomon to encounter the God he carried inside of him. David wasn’t afraid of letting Solomon partake in the personal revelation he carried about God. David invested in his son to the point where Solomon truly knew God.
No matter what reasons we have for not letting children encounter the Kingdom inside of us, it is vital that we place value on who they are and what they will carry in to the future. Know that you are valuable to the Kingdom of God and your revelation is beyond valuable to the children in your life. Whether you tell them a testimony, pray for them, or just interact with them, you are imparting the Kingdom and letting the little children encounter God in you.
You don't have to be called to children's ministry to value children. We are called to be like children or we won't be entering the Kingdom. God places value on allowing children to encounter Him full of power and, for their sake, not to dilute the Kingdom. Jesus let the children have full access to His anointing, as we should. You carry something for the next generation that the world does not yet understand. As we value children in our church body and see them for the blessing that they are, we will become a whole bride.
We are in such an amazing time in history. I truly believe that when we allow children to encounter the stories, testimonies, and revelations that Jesus has done in our lives they will carry an anointing so powerful the world will have to turn to them for impartation.
Look at it this way: You are a key for the success in this generation. There's no one else that carries your testimony, revelation, and anointing but you. Children need to encounter the Kingdom in you to see their future destiny. If we took the time to invite children to encounter the Kingdom inside of us, we would see a generation where the Kingdom of Heaven would be normal Christianity.