Permit the Children to Come to Him!

imageThen there were brought to Him little children in order that He might lay His hands upon them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Permit the children, and stop forbidding them, to come to me, for of such as these is the kingdom of heaven.

Look at those faces! Ain’t they beautiful!

These are a just a few of the little ones that are being stewarded in the Kingdom by brothers and sisters in the communities we relate with across the country.  One of my favorite things I get to do as I visit the communities from time to time is to see those beautiful faces, hear their laughter and get some incredibly meaningful hugs!

We learned a while back that the Kingdom is advanced generationally.  I don’t want to go into the scriptural references in detail but let’s just say, once you understand Father’s original command to Adam to “be fruitful and multiply” and see the imageprogression of Abraham (Father), Isaac (Son) and Jacob (Spirit) in establishing Israel’s earthly kingdom, you realize that it wasn’t until the 4th generation when the 12 sons were born that the government of God began to be revealed.  If you want to understand a bit more about this perspective, you can visit this post or this one.

But let’s get back to those beautiful babies!

In the Kingdom Communities where these little ones reside, we are actually seeing a generation being raised up who know absolutely nothing about “church” and how it operates.  Rather than being steeped in traditions devised and implemented by men, they are being taught about BEING the Church and living in the Kingdom and participating in community.

imageThese little ones aren’t being dropped off at children’s church and being taught Bible stories by people that they don’t really know.  Nope.  Fathers and mothers are taking the responsibility placed upon them by Father and diligently teaching their children, and talking of Father’s ways when thou sit in their house, and when they walk by the way, and when they lie down, and when they rise up.

These parents are breaking generational curses that have been past down from generation to generation, getting themselves free in their personal lives and marriages and insuring that a Godly heritage and inheritance awaits the next generation. Imagine a generation that doesn’t have to deal with the mire and mess that the previous generation refused to deal with and overcome.  What a tremendous blessing! Freedom to pursue.

There’s more that could be added but I think you get the picture. Such things could not be transpiring if it were not for the power of Father’s Kingdom working through the context of true community.  It is an amazing thing to experience lives willingly being imagelaid down for others compelled by His Love. It should start in the homes of Kingdom Seekers, parents to children, and spill over into and through community!

I will finish up this post with a FaceBook post that one couple from the Springfield (Mo.) Tribe shared a couple of days ago.  Matt and Heidi have adopted 6 precious little ones and have added one blessing recently by birth!  This is the report from their home on Resurrection Sunday:

This morning while we ate French toast sticks and drank orange juice, Isaiah, Annika, Sean, Shiloh, & Jaz decided they wanted to ask Jesus into their hearts. And they did, right there, with sticky syrup fingers, at the kitchen table….best Easter ever. 😃

How awesome is that?!?!?!?!

keep your peace!

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3 thoughts on “Permit the Children to Come to Him!

  1. The #1 fight I had in my last traditional pastor situation was on the issue of insisting parents be engaged with the ministry to their children. You would think asking Mom and Dad to invest in their own kids would be a relatively harmless proposition. It was open warfare. I had people “leave the church” by the busloads on this issue. I had one former elder physically lunge across my desk in a screaming fit: “We won’t work with our children, and there is nothing you can do to make us. We come to church to get away from our kids for a few moments of peace in our lives.” Our adversary knows the importance of generational kingdom expression . . . too bad the ekklesia doesn’t . . . for the most part. Failure here will guarantee generational kingdom impotency.

    • No doubt that there is a genuine need of repentance and configuring a Kingdom mentality towards the issue. It’s a blessing to see hearts of parents turn to their children and raise their children in such a manner. It’s not perfect but it’s real, genuine and provides Father His place!

      • Yes and amen. Little rudder, turns a big ship. Gotta start somewhere to turn it around. It might as well be with me, mine and ours! I have seen some remarkable turn arounds in some communities. This post is reflective of that and encouraging.

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