Today I want to talk to those who are teachers, counselors, tutors, or those who lead children in any aspect. You're role has the power to give victory. Children are so special and they deserve our very best.
In order to give victory, we have to have it ourselves. We have to faithfully run the race, crucify our selfish desires, and give all honor and glory to the Lord.
Did you know that children are still developing their character until they are five years old? They are like wet cement. Still able to be easy shaped. As we grow up and go throw trying times, we tend to get hard. We can't be shaped as easily.
Each of you has an anointing. To be anointed is to be set apart, empowered, or protected. The anointing is the presence of God in you.
We are in a position where we can speak life over our children. Words have the power of life or death. You may not know what each of your students are going through at home, but you have the power to speak life. Some kids may not recieve what they need in their homes. They come to school, church, etc. to escape their home life. To find safety and to feel loved. Your students may not know or remember all of the things that you do for them or the time you spend preparing for the day outside of class, but most of the time they will remember how you make them feel. Strive to make your classroom or space a safe and welcoming environment for your children.
A few years ago, while working in children's ministry in my hometown, there was one family who came to church. The whole family didn't come, actually only the children. There were 6 children that came walking down the street each week. The oldest was in youth, but the other 5 were all in children's church. Every Sunday and Wednesday they would come walking up to our building, either hand-in-hand or riding bikes. The youngest was 2 years old at the time and she was often barefoot and wearing dirty clothes. Some days it seemed like we spent more time disicplining these children than teaching them about Jesus, but each week they continued to come back. The reason they came back was because church was a safe place. They knew that once they got into our building they would recieve a warm meal, play fun games, and be surrounded by leaders and friends who loved them. I have no idea what their home life was like, but I didn't need to know all the details to see that they needed to be loved.
In Matthew 18: 1-2 we read, "At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them." Christ basically said, "You want to see my idea of greatness? Take a look at this child."
Children are so special in the eyes of our Father! They are uniquely accompanied by Christ. What do you think Christ meant when he said, "Whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me" in Matthew 18:5? Christ is saying, "What you do for them, you do for Me."
I want you to know that you don't go unseen. God sees you. He sees you as your rearrange all of your plans to adapt to the COVID policies. He sees all the the late nights you spend making lesson plans. He sees the work that you are doing in order to make sure each child recieves what they need. He knows your heart. He sees your obedience and He trusts you.
You have been entrusted you with HIS children.
Crowns often symbolize power, glory, authority, and victory.
A crown has been placed upon you. Stand tall and wear it well. Faithfully perserve through the many trials that will come your way and be an example to the little ones watching you.
Today, I hope that you are able to see your worth and truly value what you do.