As Dear Children

Ephesians 5:1“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”
         When I was a kid, I was up late one summer night bugging my older sister Becky, like I did all the other times. She was trying to watch her favorite show, while I wanted her to play with me. So I kept interrupting her until she would do what I wanted! Finally, Becky looked at me with a huge gasp on her face…I said,
“What is it?!”
“You forgot, didn’t you?!” she said.
“Forget what??”
“What tomorrow is..” she told me convincingly.
“No…what’s tomorrow?”
Tomorrow is when Jesus is coming back.”
“Really???”
“Yes! He’s coming early tomorrow morning, so you better be ready!” Partially believing her, I looked at my mom. She just looked at me and didn’t say a word or anything. I took that as, ‘she’s right.’ Becky then looked at me and said, “You know, the sooner you go to bed, the quicker tomorrow morning will come.” And that, I agreed with. So I ran frantically to my bed, jumped in, and curled up for a quick night of sleep. The next day was Saturday. Becky’s day to sleep in. And here I came once again, but at 7 AM, looking out the living room window for Jesus to pull up in some fancy car. Becky fell asleep on the couch, and I shook her till she woke up. As frustrated as she could be, she looked at me and said, “WHAT?!?!” I looked at her and said, “What time is He coming?”
        It’s funny how gullible we as kids can be. But as told here, we ought to follow after God as a dear child. When my sister told me that, I believed her, and it spurred me to quick action. If we would have the same faith as some kids do, it would spur us to action for God. The problem is, most people don’t have any faith. They don’t believe God’s Word to be true. We lose sight of what God’s Word says is to come, and we often get careless in our walk with God and in our service to Him.
Have you ever asked a little kid how big God is? Most will tell you, “THIS BIG!!!” As they stretch their arms far apart. “Do you know how strong God is?” And they are in debt to tell you how strong God is, and how He can do anything! Why is it when we get older, we lose that sight of God? We limit Him, His abilities, His strength, His power – when the truth is, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The God that Moses served, is still alive today. The God that answered your Pastor’s prayer, is still alive today. The God that created you, is still alive today. “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;” 
Proverbs 3:5, 6 – “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” 
Philippians 2:13 – “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Nathan Pitts | Youth Pastor

Riverland Baptist Church

Dunnellon, Florida

http://www.riverlandbaptistchurch.com/