For the past month (March) I have had the privilege and opportunity to travel and speak to over a thousand students and adults around the state of Texas. So far we have had seen 115 students give their lives to Christ, 90 rededicated lives to the Lord and 25 students surrender to the ministry! It has been a blessing to say the least.
One of the most amazing things that I have been seeing in my travels is the calling of the young. When I say young I’m not talking about 12, 13 years young. I’m talking about 5-8 year old young. During spring break weekend, I spoke at an event called “Break Out” that was sponsored by a Baptist congregation as they met for services in the building of a United Methodist church. During one of the sermons, as I gave an invitation, the first person to get out of their seats to come forward was an 8 year old boy. With big tears in his eyes, he gave his heart to Jesus! Last week while speaking at a Disciple Now Conference in El Paso, TX, I gave an invitation for students to surrender their lives to ministry (evangelism, missionary, pastor, youth ministry, music ministry). The first student to walk forward was a 5 year old boy named Daniel. He said that “God was calling him to be a preacher.” It was an absolute blessing to see this!
I truly beleive that the Spirit of God is moving in people of all ages, and especially amongst the younger generation. I encourage every pastor and parent to be discerning as to the movement of God’s Spirit upon your child and/or students. We must be careful to not be like Eli and tell Samuel to “go back to sleep” until realizing that it is God who is calling. The Lord is raising up some amazing students of all ages to fulfill the plan that the Lord has prepared for them “beforehand” (Ephesians 2:10)! Who knows, you may have the next “Billy Graham” among you, or the next Corrie Ten Boom, or Charles Spurgeon! Discipleship and discernment will allow this idea to become a reality in the lives of our kids.