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the father-child dynamic

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In line with the vision of the church – Restoring Potential, Raising Leaders, the Senior Pastor of RCCG Restoration House Hamilton, Dr. Olayinka Dada introduced Future Leaders In the Making (FLIM) Sundays. On FLIM Sundays, three youths each permitted to give a ten-minute (10 mins) sermon, they are scored on various parameters by a panel of judges and towards the end of the service, the youth with the highest score is proclaimed the winner.

I had my turn on Sunday, November 20th, 2011. I was the second speaker and spoke on a topic I termed The Father-Child Dynamic. It was an analysis of the relationship between a Father and a Child in comparison with the relationship between God and a Christian.

I drew my text from Matthew 19:14 – But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. I originally read from the New International Version (NIV) – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. I laid emphasis on ”for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. Now, let that phrase resonate within you as I share the message with you.

Jesus knew we have so much to learn from little children. He knew there are some things we forget as we get older and lose our innocence, and that is what we will explore. We are going to rediscover some of those lost attributes, and revive them by God’s grace. Here are some basic characteristics of children:

1. Adoration: Children adore their parent(s) – in relation to comparison (1 Corinthians 1:31) and in relation to imitation (1 Peter 1:16). Children boast in their parents in comparison to other parents. For example, “my dad has a bigger car than your dad.” Do you boast about God to others? Children like to imitate their parents too. For example, as a child, if my dad was a lawyer, because I adore him, I’d want to be a lawyer too, so I could grow up to become just like him. Do you try to emulate Jesus in your daily life? Do you want to be just like Him?

2. Faith: Children believe their parent(s) without an element of doubt (Matthew 21:22). For example, if my dad told me as a child that he was going to get me the moon for my birthday, I would believe against all logic that if he told me I was getting the moon, he was going to get me the moon. I wouldn’t care how he was going to do it, all I would know is I was going to get the moon and I wouldn’t care what anybody thought. Do you have unconditional faith in God? Do believe His promises to you against all logic? Do you believe he can do the unfathomable just for you?

3. Forgiveness: Children forgive easily (Luke 6:37c). Children get offended too, but forgive offenses easily. For example, as a child, if my dad told me he was sorry/apologized after upsetting me, I would forgive him, forget about the issue, become friends with him again and we can play with my toys. Do you readily forgive others after they wrong you and apologize? Do we hold on to it and wait for an apology? Do not hold grudges; as far as God is concerned, there is nothing anyone can do to you that is absolutely unforgivable. Remember, an important thing to note is that God forgives us as we forgive others. Remember, to err is human, to forgive is divine.

4. Obedience: Children are obedient, most of the time. It doesn’t mean when they do mess up that adults will let it slide. We do not have that luxury with God either. God demands total obedience from us; obedience is non-negotiable with Him (Joshua 1:8). When children do wrong or are disobedient, we are instructed to use the rod to correct them. Do not think God will not punish you, just because He forgives you. His punishment is worse because you do not know when He will, where He will or how severe it will be. Obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22b).

5. Teachability: Children are teachable and always willing to learn (2 Timothy 2:15). Children ask questions, a lot of questions, because they want to know what you know and learn more. Do you ask God questions and wait for His reply or do you assume you know everything and can handle it all? Teachability comes from humility; your level of education is immeasurably inferior to God’s vast knowledge. You need to humble yourself in God’s sight so He can lift you up and reveal mysteries to you.

In conclusion, there is nothing in the bible put there without reason. I’m sure you can see we have quite a lot to learn from little children. Never forget, no matter how old we get, we will always be God’s little children so learn to Adore Him, Boast in Him, Imitate Jesus, Forgive & Forget, have Unwavering Faith in Him, be Obedient to His Word, be Humble and be Teachable.

I hope you’ve been blessed?

Please follow this link to watch the actual video of the ministration on facebook or this link to watch it on YouTube.

I saved the best version of the sermon for last lol. Enjoy.

Oh and by the way, I won! 😀

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