I was speaking at a summer camp last week and, as I was there, I observed a number of things that really struck my heart. I found that while we were there to teach children, I was actually learning a great deal from them.
1. Excitement to come to worship.
I saw kids grabbing others by the hand to draw them into the worship center. Kids came rushing in, running in, anxious to get to their seats. When was the last time you saw any of these things in adult worship?
2. Involvement in worship.
I saw a group of boys with their arms around one another’s shoulders, swaying to the music as they sang their hearts out. During the high-energy part of the worship set, kids were dancing with abandon, and singing praises loudly and joyfully. So where is the joy in adult worship?
3. Modeling worship.
The counselors (mostly teens), helped the kids focus on worship and showed them what it looks like by being fully engaged in worship themselves. It occurred to me that this is what it would look like for parents and other family members to model worship for the kids in their families.
4. Time to respond.
We had quite a number of kids come forward to become new Jesus followers. What about your church? Are there regular opportunities for people to respond to the Gospel? Has anyone joined your church this year by new profession of faith, or have they transferred from other churches?
I realize that all churches are different and each has their own culture, but it struck me profoundly as I observed these kids how incredibly different and better our faith lives would be if we became “like a little child” in some ways.
This is one of the reasons we need kids in our worship centers – seen and heard! – so that we can see what simple faith and true, simple worship looks like.
What spiritual lessons have you learned from children? I would love to read your responses! You can leave them as comments here, or on social media!