Move Aside The Milk

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by Tina Webb

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Samuel was a child who heard the voice of God. 

David was a teenager who sensed the call of God to be a warrior-intercessor. 

Jesus was twelve and taught in the temple. 

John the Baptist kicked in the presence of His unborn Savior.

Jesus wants the children to know Him. Not just a portion, but the whole of Him. Not just his character, but his power and authority. Jesus is the Word.  The Word declared from the mouth of a worshipping child carries power.

I’d never heard a pastor tell a congregation that children should be expected to learn the Word of God like they are expected to learn math and grammar. This well-known leader in North Carolina smashed my paradigm that children were too young to understand the same lessons that their parents learn in adult services. Adult services. That too is a mistake when it comes to the intent of God for each generation of his people.

I understand the point of the typical children’s ministry. Introduce the kids to understand salvation, the birth and death of Jesus Christ and concepts like the fruit of the Spirit in a fun-filled way. That’s great. However, the ministries that I’ve come to respect teach children deeper truths that some adults never even get in “adult services”.

My eight year old son woke up this morning ready to share an array of dramatic dreams. One in particular, caught my attention. He was walking around someone’s house, telling the enemy to get out. What was remarkable was that he knew that the enemies weren’t people, but spiritual forces that the people who lived in the house couldn’t see.

I told him that I believed God was letting him know that even though he is young, God’s authority is with him because he believes in Jesus and Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). I told him that evil spirits want to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). My son was able to make the connection between his dream and those scriptures. This is a child who dealt for a long time with fear. I know that God would want him to know and be confident in divine power and the force of faith and what a way to do it….a dream!

Matthew 18: 2-5 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Jesus elevates the natural state of a child.  In Matthew 19 he endorses them as being worthy of His time and attention. Let us attend to them and give them all of Jesus, the Word of God, and realize that they can digest a greater portion of the Word than we’d normally think. Let’s develop some “Samuels” and “Davids”

Tina Webb







Tina C Webb graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991 where she majored in English and Music. She and her husband, Doug, also a UVa grad have six children. Tina home educated for twenty years. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1969, she has served as an associate pastor, a worship director, and director of a church prayer ministry. Her hobbies are indoor and outdoor DIY projects, music, blogging, and cooking. 


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