Do your kids FROG?
Dear India Christian Fellowship (ICF) Friends,
Greetings in Jesus' matchless name. If your curiosity was piqued by the rather cryptic title, please wait until the end of this piece where I reveal the meaning!
Scripture (Luke 2:52) describes Jesus's childhood in these words - "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." (By the way, we find Samuel's childhood described in almost identical words in 1 Sam 2:26.)
Here are some interesting observations from that verse in Luke's gospel:
1. Jesus grew in wisdom... = Jesus's earthly parents invested in His mental growth!
2. ...and stature... = They also invested in His physical growth!
3. ...and in favor with God... = and His spiritual growth!
4. ...and man = and finally His social growth!
This was the four-fold growth that the Holy Spirit inspired Dr. Luke (Col. 4:14) to include in his gospel to give us a glimpse into the Lord's early years as a child. This also means the Holy Spirit is asking both - parents and the church to focus on the mental, physical, spiritual and social growth of our children.
The Holy Spirit is raising ministries that enrich the lives of children in the 4 areas mentioned above. Some of these ministries are in our own backyard. I prayerfully submit that the Lord is asking us to strengthen these ministries with our money, time, labor and support this month.
Friends, on that note I am thrilled that we have 2 speakers for our ICF program this month - Sophia Suresh, director of Bellevue VBS and Jim Welles, director of Children’s Ministry Resources International. Both speakers will be briefly sharing their vision for the endeavors that the Lord has commanded them to carry out and encourage us with their testimonies. You will be blessed immensely!
Lest I forget, I promised to reveal the meaning of the title - Do your kids FROG? Well FROG simply is an acronym for "Fully Rely On God" and since we are on the topic of frogs...Fully relying on our Lord is a leap of faith. He said its impossible to please Him without it after all! (Heb 11:6)
Hope to see you on the 27th at 6:30 pm.
For Him and In Him alone,
Your ICF Servant-President