Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Different Perspective on the Importance of Children

Dr. Wess Stafford has been the CEO of Compassion International for 28 years, and has written an incredible book called "Too Small to Ignore". Here's some gold:

Some children suffer in great poverty, and others are smothered in the lap of luxury. Deep down, I have come to the conclusion that the reason they are such a low priority to the great human institutions that seek to control this world, both Christian and secular, is that an invisible battle, a spiritual war, rages over each and every child. It is above us and beyond us, and engages the full fury of the hosts of both heaven and hell. Children may be ignored by government, church and mission, but not by Satan or God Almighty.

First, we must understand that Satan knows the heart of God. It is Satan’s greatest joy and highest priority to do all in his power to break the heart of Elohim, the creator of heaven and earth. Remember that, as Lucifer, Satan was a witness to the process of creating the world. I can imagine heaven’s one-time chief angel watching with great interest as the Spirit hovered over a dark and formless world. He saw the dazzling advent of light. He watched amazed at the creation of land and sea, plants and animals – all the creative work of Jehovah. It frustrated and angered him to see the great joy and satisfaction God was getting from the emergence of this wondrous work of his hands.

Ever watchful for an avenue of attack, Satan found it in the moment God fashioned a man in His own image from the dust of the earth and then breathed his own breath into the man’s nostrils. Something about this crowning part of the Creation moved God deeply with a profound love. Satan saw it and knew he had found an inroad. All he had to do was attack and hopefully destroy mankind. He began his strategy as a serpent in the Garden of Eden, and has been doing it ever since.

At the moment of birth, all heaven stands in breathless anticipation and breaks into shouts of joy and praise. Each child is born into the world loved and full of potential to bring joy to the heart of God. A little flame flickers deeply in the child’s being. It reflects dignity and worth, made in the image of God Almighty.

Meanwhile Satan and his hosts stand ready to pounce and destroy that life as quickly and completely as possible, knowing how that will break the heart of God. All of heaven and hell are present and focused on the newborn life – for vastly different reasons. Both have strategic designs for this little one.

Given this frightening warfare between heaven and hell, it is all the more ironic that children are seemingly so unimportant to us adults. While all of heaven stands and cheers when a little one is born, and all of hell hurls itself at it’s destruction, we glibly go about our lives and ministries oblivious to the raging battle or the strategic importance of the children around us day by day.

What is to be done? It begins now, here and with you! It begins with the very next child God brings across your path. Every child you encounter is a divine appointment. With each one you have the power and opportunity to build the child up or tear the child down. A life can be launched with as little as a single phrase, an uplifting word, or an act of kindness.

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