KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | May 2016

Kids Can Do Ministry

By Jared Thurmon

There are some adults who think kids should just be kids. They should play, go to school, and be quiet while grown-ups work, talk, or make decisions. But those people would be mistaken. Kids have talents just like grown-ups. Kids can do what grown-ups do (sometimes even better!)

In fact, Jesus called everyone—not just adults—to be a part of the most important plan in the history of the world. Jesus has all the power to work through us to make us successful witnesses for Him.

What Jesus has asked us to do is a pretty big job! Can you imagine how many people in the world today have never heard of Jesus or His love for them? How can kids help to reach them with this good news? 

Each of us have talents that Jesus has given to us. The Bible often calls these spiritual gifts. Sometimes we don’t know our skill or gift, and we have to ask those around us to help us identify them. But when you figure out what your talents are and then put them to work for Jesus, you can change the world!

Here’s a challenge: Ask your parents, friends, relatives, pastor, or teacher what they think your spiritual gift is. Do some thinking on your own about what you like to do. Ask yourself: What am I good at? What do I really enjoy doing? When I do this thing, does it make people happy? How could I use it for Jesus? Once you figure it out, you are ready to start your ministry! 

Let’s say your gift is singing. Who do you know that would be blessed by your gift? Maybe you are a good baseball player. Is there a way that can be used to tell others about Jesus? Are you good at math? Are you a good reader? Do people tell you that you have a nice smile? All these and more can be used to tell others about Jesus. That’s why God gave us gifts in the first place, to share them with others. 

Once you know your gift(s), look for ways to share with others. Find others who are also interested in sharing Jesus and work together with them. Soon you will find that you are touching people one by one until you have made a difference in your home, your school, your city, or the world! As you grow up and continue to use your gifts, you will find that the whole world is a mission field ready to be blessed by the special gifts the Lord has given you. 

 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:19,20).