As Victory Church dives into a whole church initiative surrounding the idea of significance titled Be Significant, I ask myself – how can our VictoryKids be a part of it. We’re leaning into Jesus’ definition of the path to significance which is to give, serve, and love. Man, I love Jesus. When the world around us tells me I have to have money, power, and status to achieve significance, Jesus tells me the EXACT opposite. He says I’ve got to love people the way I want to be loved. It’s so upside down, flipped around, shaken up, and OPPOSITE of what everyone else is doing.
But Jesus is opposite in His thinking about significance in another way too. The world tells children a lot of times that they are a burden and not welcomed. They’re too young to do X and not old enough to do Y. They make too much noise in that restaurant and they’re too disruptive in that auditorium. Jesus says something quite different when the disciples don’t include kids in his gathering.
“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
— Mark 10:13-16
Yup. Jesus tells us straight about the significance of a child.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
— Matthew 18:1-5
So Victory Parents – check your email and watch this so you can see what we’re doing to make sure your kid experiences growth towards significance.