THE LITTLE CHILD AT THE WELL
As we drove to the home where I was having a writing retreat, I saw a little child leaning by a well with a fetcher and he was drawing water from the well. As I stood in awe considering the safety of the child, the Spirit of the Lord said to me, “Son, it is never too early to train a child to know the things of the Spirit”.
It is interesting that we can allow a child to do many things but we begin to shield them from spiritual things. If a child can learn cartoon characters, the child can know Bible stories. If a child can run errands at home, the child can definitely run for the Lord.
A child can join hands and lead prayers with his friends. A child can share the gospel with his class. He is not a nuisance. He is a blessing. If we can release them to attend birthday parties, then we must be willing to show them Holy Ghost meetings also.
Hear me- The devil does not joke with recruiting child soldiers. He wants access early into the life of a child. Jesus asked a father whose son was possessed by a demon a very interesting question. The answer is quite instructive here:
A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.
Mark 9:17, 21 NIV
We are in a time when parents leave children to themselves. Homes cannot be on autopilot. If you are not making kingdom decisions, someone is stealing the souls with a show behind your back.
You know that some of the habits you struggle with came into your life as a child. The devil found a way to smuggle it in under the watchful eyes of your parents. What then will happen to children with parents who are not watchful and who do not care?
There are children around us. Do not wait for any other person to impact their lives. Stand up for a generation in prayer. Be willing to show a generation how it is done. There is no child you show the way and who goes the way that will not become a blessing to you and his or her generation.
Children are active kingdom agents if we permit them to be so. Let us begin to show a generation how to fetch from the well. If we do not, another kingdom will recruit them for evil purposes. It must not happen under our watch.