Today is Children’s day. In keeping with that, I’d be writing a children’s day piece instead of my predetermined content. Quite recently, I’ve been contemplating a few things regarding children. In one of those contemplations, I chewed on the question: Why is a child important to God?
Beyond saying, God loves everyone and other nice things that are also true, can we actually establish clearly the mind of God towards the child in concise terms?
Of course, there are a lot of Scriptures that solidly makes the case. In fact, the New living translation of Malachi 2:15 says
Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.
Essentially, saying that one of the reasons God set in place marriage is his desire for Godly Children. Again, Why? Why does He want this?
I’d share one of such reasons with you. The Hebrew word for child or children is bên (pronounced as bane) which directly means son. The root word for this however is bânâh ( baw-naw) which primarily means to build. As if to say, the possibility of a building is predicated on the presence of a child. I find this instructive, it doesn’t matter what we are up against, a child has the potential to be an agent that makes the difference. I am not here referring to this selfish, self-centered, myopic view that takes advantage of children, their innocence, and potentials.
I am saying that any system that invests in children, secures its future. Any system that ignores children, abuses and misuses them, refusing to invest in them, has destroyed its future regardless of its current state today. To build the future, to secure the future, the welfare of the child is the most critical port of call, to miss that, is to miss all else.
As believers, in addition to meeting the physiological, psychological and developmental needs of children, there are two things we must watch out for, according to Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
One, We must allow children to meet the Lord, showing them the Lord, in our lives, homes, interactions with them, children school, bible clubs etc. We must seize every opportunity to let them meet Lord.
Two, we must not hinder them from meeting the Lord, we must be ready and eager to introduce Jesus to them at every level, sometimes they ask questions about the faith, they want to participate in children choir, quiz, drama and so. In any manner we see them gravitating towards the Lord and things of the kingdom we ought to support them even if it means going out of our way.
God is build a building, and he desires godly seed. It’s my prayer that he will find us and ours in Jesus name. Amen.