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As followers of Christ, we are called to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe what Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20a). Thinking of all nations might seem daunting, but what if we simply started in our own homes? Amy and I have two children—both under three years old. We strive to teach them the gospel daily through reading books and family devotions. Each evening after dinner, we go through a story from the Bible App for Kids, sing worship songs, and pray together. Seeing our little ones light up with joy, say “JE-susss!” with a big grin, and dance their hearts out during worship melts my heart and makes me long for other kids to be able to experience the awesomeness of God for themselves. Kids Week is the perfect opportunity to make that happen.
I dabble in investing. One of the most important numbers to know is the ROI or return on investment. If you invest $100, how much will you have in a month? In a year? In 10 years? The bigger the number, the higher the ROI and the better the investment. And how do you get money to invest? You work. Really, really, hard. Our society says that time is money. But God’s kingdom isn’t based on earthly finances and earthly wisdom. He always has the perfect, eternal perspective in mind. Investing in God’s kingdom pays dividends we can’t even begin to calculate. God has blessed me with the gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus. I am forever grateful to Him for that and want to share the good news in every way possible. And that’s why I’m so excited about Kids Week—so excited, in fact, that I’ve taken the entire week off from my regularly-scheduled work to pour out my heart and soul into the lives of these kids. They’re worth it. And so are their parents, their friends, their classmates, their teammates. You get the drift? Exposing one child to the gospel could mean that an entire community, or maybe even an entire unreached people group, has the opportunity to hear the gospel for the very first time. And God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20a). I am confident He will nurture the seeds that we scatter during this time to glorify His Name.
How incredible will it be when we hear the stories of kids coming to know Christ and see them get into the baptismal waters and be raised from death to life? That will truly be a joyous occasion, and you can be sure that the angels in heaven will be celebrating with us as we cheer at every campus of Mercy Hill. And to think, as broken as we are, God is using us as His instruments to make this happen. The Church really is God’s Plan “A,” and there is no Plan “B”.
Church, will you join me in serving at Kids Week 2018?
-Jeremy Glover (Mercy Hill Member)