July: A Word from the Pastor

The ministry of the church is for all – including the little children.

When Jesus Christ was actively involved in ministry, His disciples sought to prevent the children from coming to Him. Perhaps they thought that the ministry to adults was far more important than to the little ones. But, Jesus responded by saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16).

The kingdom of God is a vast eternal truth.

It was promised in the Old Testament Scriptures to end the rebellion of mankind against their Creator God. The authors of Scripture promised this great kingdom of God, and then pondered the inspired truth to discern the time and place when it would be established. Certainly kingdom truth is for the adult mind – and not for the little child. Yet, Jesus was convinced that the kingdom was for children too. The vast promises of the kingdom of God have been pondered by the people of God for many generations, but entrance into the kingdom has always been clear. Only Christ can give entrance into His kingdom – and He gives it to all who simply believe in Him. Salvation is by faith in Christ alone – for everyone. Jesus affirmed the simplicity of this truth when He added, “… Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter at all” (Luke 18:17).

In other words, the child is not the exception to the rule, but rather the example of the rule.

Simple faith in Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior is the only entrance into God’s kingdom. Although the gospel message is majestic truth that should be pondered by the brightest minds, it is simple enough for a little child to understand. When the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and gives insight into the saving cross of Christ, even a little child can trust in Him. All who come must be guided into the truth by the Spirit of God, but His insight is granted to young and old alike. The message is simple. Come to Christ. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God – and all who come to Christ will be saved to enter the everlasting kingdom of God.

 – Gary W. Custis