Last weekend, we held our Make & Take Family Art Night. Families we’re invited to come make their favorite animal using 3P Quickcure Clay, a special material developed by a LSU professor. The material allowed families to take their time making their creations, and were able to have them cured by the time their supper was finished.
We had a devotional time during the event, where we talked about how God, the master artist, created everything from nothing. And out of everything God created, we’re special because we’re made in His own image. We can be creative like God and love others as God has loved us. The families heard how we’re made to be in relationship with God, but sin separates us from our Creator. Then families heard about Jesus and how He came to earth and lived a perfect life. He died on a cross for our sins, and rose again! (If you want to know more about what Jesus has done and how you can be welcomed into God’s family for eternity, check this video out!)
We shared Isaiah 64:8 with families, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
As I saw parents and grandparents work with their children, I couldn’t help but think of how they are working to help shape their kids hearts and minds. Like a warrior (Psalm 127:4) carefully aims and readies his arrow before releasing it, these parents are preparing their kids for the kiln-like heat of the world.
There are many studies out there that show that if people do not embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior before they reach their teenage years, the chance of their doing so at all is slim. According to George Barna, the probability of someone embracing Jesus as his or her Savior was 32 percent for those between the ages of 5 and 12; 4 percent for those in the 13-18 range; and 6 percent for people 19 or older.
Don’t get me wrong, we serve a God who can melt a heart of stone at any age, but we have a chance to reach kids in their formative years.
I like how MeLissa LeFleur, author of Why Believe, puts it…
“…The message is clear. Children absorb biblical information easily and that absorption peaks during the preteen years. In order to reach them, those childhood years are critical. Children are moldable, like little piles of clay. They are formulating their perceptions of God, the world, people, and so on…”
Parents, remember that God has placed children under your authority, and it’s your responsibility, and great joy, to teach your children how to live a life that is pleasing to God. We’ll be here to help come along side you as we help these kids discover the truth of God’s Word!