One of my favorite posts from this blog is Ashton Clark’s The Beauty of Age, and he made an excellent point about how our age is a blessing. Our age is not just a number but a way for God to reveal His glory through us in a different light. I agreed heavily when he began talking about what a blessing children are. Children are beautiful and created in the image of God, in order that they too would proclaim His name. That is why my heart delights whenever I see children giving back to the God who created them. With utmost sincerity, there is nothing more precious to me than to see a child delighting in the majesty of God.
Mark my words, when you see a little boy or girl reading a Bible, it is endearing at the least. When I see children singing hymns, taking interest in basic theology, or praying to their Creator, it is a blessing to just be a witness to the grace God shows to children. I remember when my church hosted an “Art Camp” over the summer. It was about a week long and the kids got to be a part of many kinds of activities and classes. One of them was a Bible class, which I had the honor of teaching.
It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed teaching kids about the word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the kids asked the right questions, and there were even a couple kids who asked me how to become Christians. It honestly blew me away how much these kids, between the ages of 4-15, had a desire to know more about Christ and to glorify Him. I wish it was not so surprising to me. All throughout the Scriptures, we see the esteem God has for children who serve Him.
It was in his youth that Jeremiah was called to be a prophet. It was in his childhood that Samuel heard God’s call to be a judge of the Israelite nation. It was in his younger years that Timothy was put in the role of a pastor. We find that God actually wants for the youth to have training in righteousness, as evident in Paul’s writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14-15 (ESV) which says, “Continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Even while Timothy was a child, he was being taught the Scriptures. God saw that it was a good thing that he was being catechized from such an early age. How often do we seem to forget just how much children need to learn? It’s interesting that many people think that children are cute, but they will never stop to admire the beauty in a child relishing the God who creates all things, sustains all things, and destines all things for His glory. As Reformed Christians, we must understand that the Reformers were not only controversial for their doctrines, but also because of the fact they believed that children have a right to learn deep spiritual things.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who told me their parents didn’t catechize them. I can’t tell you how many kids I’ve met who told me their parents never taught them the gospel. I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve met who would send a firestorm if you took away the youth groups and kids church programs, but they would not lift one finger to teach their kids how to live the Christian life, how to read the Bible, or how to pray. Children deserve to taste the goodness of God. Who created this myth that someone can be “too young” for the gospel or “too young” for theology? I tell you the truth: I have seen more God-fearing and God-loving youth than adults.
If you are a youth, I urge you to search the depths of who God is. You will not regret it when you are older. If you are a young man, prepare yourself to be head and pastor of your future household, as God calls all men to be. If you are a young woman, know that you, along with your future husband, must teach your children the proper doctrine and theology of the Bible as well. If you are a parent, I beg you to catechize and to teach your children. What greater sight can there be than to see a simple child fall in love with his or her Creator? If you see a child who shows a faithfulness and devotion to the Almighty God, teach them to continue, and maybe even take after their example for your own walk with the Lord.
Soli Deo Gloria.