Getting Down With Jesus
My first year in Children’s Ministry I remember walking down the hall at our church with Brittany, one of the most amazing kid magnets I’ve ever known. She directed the Children’s Ministry at a nearby church but was engaged to our middle school pastor so we got to see her all the time.
An elementary-aged girl recognized her from camp and ran up to her like she was a rock star. Then Brittany did something I’ll never forget. She immediately dropped to her knee to talk to the girl face-to-face. The girl lit up like the 4th of July at the personal attention Brittany gave her.
Even though Brittany ministered to thousands of kids in the ministry she led, she made this girl feel like she was the most special kid in the world. It was just second nature to her, but for me it was a vivid lesson in engaging kids that’s stuck with me for fifteen years.
Get down on their level.
I think of what Paul said about Jesus in Phil. 2, that He didn’t hold onto all the power and majesty that were rightfully His in heaven. Instead He got down on our level and made Himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant. By doing this He showed our value even before He died on the cross. Like my friend Brittany did with the girl, Jesus engaged us face-to-face and showed us that each of us matters to Him.
So the next time you’re serving God’s kids, get down on their level, look them in the eye and communicate with the personal attention you give them, that no matter what else is going on in their lives, they matter to you and they matter to God.
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