You likely noticed the news - bombings, refugees, election chaos and more. We remember reports such as when the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS in Libya. My heart broke for their families and my prayers are still focused on other Christians in this area of the world where they face a very real danger.
As I think about the news reports I think of believers in North Korea where they face imprisonment or death for their faith. I think of believers in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Iran and more than 40 additional countries where it is illegal to become a Christian, to tell your children about Jesus, to own a Bible, to share your faith and if you do these things you can be put in prison, tortured or even killed for your faith.
And here in the USA where we have freedom to meet, to worship, to believe, to share our faith, to read our Bibles, I wonder; have we made our faith "fun", "easy" and "cheap"? Would the children in our ministries love their Bibles and more importantly, love Jesus enough to face imprisonment, torture or even death? Would we?
I've been asking if we have lost "focus" in our Children's Ministries and this is a question we need to continue to ask because the cost for losing our focus is great. Losing focus can result in a "cheapening" of our faith. It can result in children not being completely committed to Jesus. It can result in a faith which is "easy" and only something we participate in if it is "fun". The "price tag" is very high for losing our focus.
As you think about your Children's Ministry, be intentional about not only being focused, but staying focused on the "state" of your Children's Ministry. Be intentional about being focused and staying focused on the "state" of your own walk with Jesus. It matters.