Children and Spiritual Gifts
Let’s talk about spiritual gifts for a moment. And let’s talk about them in children. I think adults often overlook the gifts kids have. But if they’ve trusted Christ as Savior, kids have spiritual gifts too, and there’s much we can learn from them.
Take my three daughters, for instance. Our oldest, Laura (9), has the gift of evangelism. She’s got a real way with people, of talking with them, getting to know them, influencing them, and finding open doors to share Christ with them.
Our middle daughter, Abby (8), is blessed with the gift of faith. When Abby prays she just expects God to answer that prayer. There’s no doubting, no questioning, no empty hoping. Her faith is simple: I prayed so God will answer, right? And if the answer doesn’t come right away, she keeps on praying and knowing and expecting.
Finally, our youngest, Caroline (6). Boy, oh, boy, Caroline has got gobs of the gift of helps or service. I’ve never seen a kid so eager to help as her nor so happy when helping. Chores are not chores to Caroline. Yesterday, I was taking the wicker furniture and potted plants off the front porch for winter storage in the garage. It’s quite a little job and it was cold here in PA. Guess who was the first (and only) one who volunteered to help me? Yup, Caroline. She bundled herself up and got right to work, laughing and giggling and smiling the whole time. She loves it.
My point is this: we shouldn’t overlook the presence of gifts in children and we should look for opportunities to allow them to use and develop those gifts (someday I’d love to write a book on this subject). My other point is that there is so much we can learn from watching kids. So often I find myself being the student and my girls the unknowing teachers. But isn’t that the way spiritual gifts should work?