FEBRUARY 7

Today's Bible Readings
     Genesis 40
     Job 6
     Mark 10
     Romans  10
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''...Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." '(Mark 10:l4b- l 5)
 
TELL THE CHILDREN
            It seems that many believers are perplexed over how and when to approach children with the Gospel.  Even when small children are seeking answers about the Lord many adults are afraid to respond to them. It is amazing how many parents will teach their children about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but experience fear and trembling when talking to their children or grandchildren about Jesus.
            It is very important to introduce small children to who Jesus is and what He wants to do in their life at a very early age. None of us can decide when a particular child is ready to experience salvation by committing his life to Jesus. There is no set age of accountability. Every child is different and every child will respond at a different age. Some have received Jesus as early as five and six years of age; others have shown little interest and response until they approach their teenage years. We don't have the answer as to when an individual child should receive Christ, but Jesus made it very clear that we are never to discourage them at any age from responding to Him.
            From the teachings of our Lord I am convinced that we should introduce our children to Jesus at the earliest possible age. There are several reasons for this.
They do know what they are doing. It is childlike faith that brings salvation, forgiveness and eternal life. Surely a child that can comprehend the teachings given to them in the early years of school can comprehend the simplicity of the Gospel and respond to it.
They don't have preconceived theological ideas.  When we talk to an adult about Christ, we often have to wade through some preformed theological problems.  This is not true with the simple mind of a child.
They don't hold grudges. Many adults come to this decision time with so much emotional baggage it is very difficult to deal with them.  With a child, however, they are still tender in their emotional response.
They have their whole life to give. When returning from a meeting D.L. Moody was asked, ''Did you have any conversions? His response was…two and a half. They said, ''oh, you had two adults and one child." The great preacher said ''no, two children and one adult." A child has his whole life to give to Christ.
Even an adult must come with childlike faith.  You must lay your sophistication, culture, and intellectualism in the dust when you come to Jesus.  He is looking for pure, simple and childlike faith.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            With more than five million souls, the Republic of Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful locations in Central America. It is, of course, a Spanish-speaking place, but the atmosphere is a beautiful mixture of Latin and European. The people there are friendly and responsive. This Central American country is predominantly Roman Catholic, but pray for leadership of 10 evangelical movements that have the opportunity to make an impact on this island. Reaching Costa Rica for Christ will be strategic for reaching much of Central America. It is probably the most difficult nation in Central America for an evangelistic harvest because of the European influence there.
            I had the occasion once to preach the annual revival for the Spanish Language School in Costa Rica.  That was a great honor and also an eye-opening experience. God gave revival during those days to those wonderful missionaries training for service among several denominations. The truth is, however, they must go out to their respective fields, not just with knowledge of the language but with a revived and renewed. Pray for those in language school there now.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Permit the children to come unto me."
Jesus Christ