Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (NRSV)
Each Sunday morning, our pastor invites all the children to come to the front of the church for the children's time. There, they have a brief lesson on some biblical story, and the pastor leads the children as they pray together. It is a wonderful experience to watch, as a large number of young children hurry down the church aisle to join the pastor at the altar for this brief and simple time of "making disciples".
Obviously, the older children get more out of the lesson, while the younger ones often spend a good portion of their time waving to parents and friends, rather than listening to the pastor, but their day is coming.
I could not help but act like one of the smaller children today. My mind wandered. I did not hear very much of what the pastor said, because my mind was wandering around the church, thinking about all those precious parents who, in the privacy of their everyday life, are the real "disciple makers" to this group of children.
The children leave and go to the children's church program, but even the excellent, well organized children's church program is no comparison to the "disciple makers" at home, one-on-one, mommy and daddy, the best teachers in the world.
I thought what a blessed privilege God has given us to be "disciple makers", especially to our children and grandchildren.
Prayer: Dear God, remind us that when You called us to go and make disciples, we do not have to go very far to find a very good starting place. Amen.