Listening to God,ovalIt is a challenge to get 50 kids from 5 to 12 to simultaneously quiet their hearts and listen to God’s Spirit, but it is a necessary part of kids’ ministry. Salvation is God’s plan B for humanity. He never created us to sin. To lead a child to Christ is only a first step in the process of re-creation.

The true fruit of our character and lives comes from the next step—leading them into intimacy. Intimacy is the key to overcoming. “As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” (1 John 4:17 NLT) As it for us, it is for our kids. Only if we truly love God are we known of Him and welcomed into heaven (1 Corinthians 8:3 and Matthew 7:23).

That’s why we must train our children in the deeper things of Christianity. Salvation is a gift but someone else paid for it. We “pay” for eternal rewards by cultivating relationship. Personal relationship with God is the theme of most every Bible story and every child is writing his own life story, day by day. Seeing the spirit world as it really is, communicating with God, hearing His thoughts and desires, believing that you matter to Him, that your life is essential to His kingdom—these are supernatural understandings. We are not born with them. We must experience them as we experience Him.

If we do not introduce the supernatural to kids, they will be developmentally challenged. Especially in a time when so many of our kids have no spiritual stability at home, we introduce them to heaven’s stability, the only unchanging Reality that can lead them through life. It’s more than an option; it’s an obligation.

No supernatural challenge—no fulfillment. No fulfillment—no long-term commitment. Kids’ ministers, let us take a deep breath and require our group of wiggle worms to quiet their hearts and listen inside to God’s Spirit. Then give value to the results by consistently asking children to share their God experiences. The more they come to expect the “listen to God” time to be part of their kids’ church routine, the more they will make it part of their personal life. We will raise overcomers.