Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CHILDREN ARE ASSETS Wednesday 19 January

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “But Jesus said, suffer little children and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

READ: Matthew 19:13-15

In God’s kingdom, those the world classify as rejects and unusable are very useful. In fact, God delights in bringing disadvantaged persons into their most glorious moments. The Lord will not leave you until His glory radiates all over you this season. God uses those of low status—housemaids, houseboys, cleaners, drivers, etc. Furthermore, God has no age limits regarding those He uses. He uses youngsters; you are not too young to be used by God. Samuel was still a child when God began to speak with him and use him as a prophet “But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod” (1 Sam. 2:18). He was more or less a baby priest. God is glorified with sacrifices and offerings of little children. No wonder, when the chief priests and scribes tried to stop the children from praising God, He resisted them.

“And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” (Matt. 21:16). Do you know that due to the innocence of babies, they are capable of offering the most sincere and most qualitative praise to God? God loves to hear children praise Him. If you want qualitative offerings and sacrifices given to God, engage your children. Unfortunately, some parents keep their children from fellowship or prayers. A minister of God once said he prays with his wife but keeps their five-year-old daughter away so as not to ‘disturb’ their prayer! Oh, how ignorant he is! Do you know that babes and sucklings communicate faster and directly with Heaven? If you want faster answers to your prayers, solicit the active participation of your children. Do you know that God sometimes answers your prayers, not because you prayed right, but because of your children—God’s heritage? This was what happened to Hagar and her child Ishmael (Gen. 21:14-19). God understand babies. He is not disturbed by their noise and playfulness but fellowships with them at such moments. Anyone who keeps his or her children from God is ignorant and denying himself or herself great blessings from the heavenly kingdom. God can use your children to direct you and to deliver divine messages to you. Make your children, God’s treasures, your assets today.

KEY POINT:
Jesus loves children. Do not keep them from him.

Bible in One year: 1 Sam. 1-3