CHILDREN ARE THE MOST FERTILE SOIL “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat. 19:14). The savior had time for the little children. The crowds were thronging him, the religious heirarchy was upset by his teachings, and he was answering many questions - yet our Savior took the time to put his hands on the little children and to bless them. The Century church of Christ has opportunity to help the little children, the older children and all the people in our Vacation Bible School. Here are some reasons the little children are such fertile soil in which to sow the gospel. 1. The Gospel is a teaching religion and little children are teachable. Jesus said the sower sowed the seed and then explained that the seed is the word of God. Then Jesus shows that the different kinds of soil are different kinds of hearers (Lk. 8:4-18). He informs us that we need to take heed how we hear because if we retain the word we will be given to but if we do not retain it the truth will be taken away from us. Now many adults are so hard headed, prejudiced and drunken on human doctrines that they will not hear the simple truths of the word of God. They are always hedging and contradicting and blaspheming the preaching of the gospel (Acts 13:45). When Paul and Barnabas taught such a crowd of people and those people started blaspheming and contradicting, they just turned from them to others who would accept the gospel. In this community we have others we can teach - and that is the little children. Their minds are open for gospel truths. Jesus even said, “Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat. 18:3). He was speaking of the humility, the teachability, and the open hearts that little children have when he made that statement. So children can be taught the truth and as they develop over the years they will obey the gospel and live the Christian life. 2. Little children are an open door with the gospel into the lives of adults. How many families have been won to Christ because we carried the little children to Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and other events of the church. “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” (Isa. 11:6). Here in a graphic way Isaiah was speaking of people with these characteristics being changed into beautiful Christians and a little child will lead them to the Lord. This is a prophecy of the gospel age and shows the great work that children have in it - leading others by the characteristics of their precious little lives. 3. The Great Commission commands us to teach the little children. Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Wouldn’t you say that little children are part of these creatures? They most certainly are a part of it and we must take the time to teach them or we will be disobeying the Lord. Old men, old women, young men, young women, as well as boys and girls all have a part in this teaching program. If we are failing in this effort then every member of the church is at fault. We are saved to save others and the little children are a part of the human race that needs this saving message. Like the apostle Paul we should be ready to teach the gospel to them (Rom. 1:14,15). 4. The future of the church depends on teaching the little children. The church is the pillar and ground of the truth. Paul wrote two inspired letters to the young preacher Timothy so he would know how to behave himself in the church of the living God so it would continue to be the pillar and ground of the truth. (I Tim. 3:14, 15). Such things as “Let no man despise thy youth but be thou and example of the believers” (I Tim. 4:12) is taught to this young preacher. Also he is told to “preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim. 4:2). The church is always just one generation from apostasy and unless we ground the young in the true gospel of Jesus Christ then in a generation the true church will not be around.
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