First-Place Discipleship

I don’t have a lot of blog posts on this site about mothering (yet). I contribute occasionally to my favorite parenting blog (Beyond Bath Time). But even if you aren’t a mom, most of us have children in our lives. From now until Mother’s Day, I’ll be running posts geared toward parenting (partly in celebration of our new little one soon to arrive).

If you don’t have little ones at home, I hope you’ll pass on these posts to others who do.

I’m a mom, but my little ones are now having their little ones (hmmm . . . I guess that makes me a grandma, but really I’m just a “Mi-Mi”). But even if you’ve never had children of your own to raise . . . there are plenty of little ones who need you to pour love and truth into their lives.

There are plenty of little ones that need discipleship.

Jesus put a high priority on little ones:

[box]But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)[/box]

If the God of the universe, the Savior on mission to redeem the lost, the King of Kings, saw children as a reason to pause and call them close for blessing and instruction . . . shouldn’t we take note of that and pause as well? 

When I was a young mom and busy pastor’s wife, I struggled to balance parenting and ministry opportunities . . . I finally realized that rather than “balancing” these two responsibilities—my little ones were my first place of ministry . . . my first discipleship priority. That doesn’t mean I stopped ministering to others, when opportunities came along, as often as possible, we included our kiddos . . . they learned ministry by having hands-on involvement with us!

If you’re a mom, don’t see your little ones as a burden keeping you from ministry . . . realize these young hearts ARE your ministry! If you’re in my season of life—look for creative ways to disciple and train your grandchildren. If you don’t have children or grandchildren find some little ones who need to experience Jesus’ love!

What child are you pointing to Jesus?

Whether you have children or not, we all have opportunities to pour out love and truth with every child we encounter. This Sunday, kneel to speak to the little ones as you move through the crowd at your church. Pause to listen to the stories told by a nephew, a sibling, or a friend’s little one.

But also, consider and pray about whether God is asking you to take an active role in teaching the children in your church or Bible study group. In the years I’ve served as a children’s teacher, I can honestly say I probably gained more than they did . . . God used the youngest to teach me!

And I can also say that I’m eternally grateful for the faithful women who poured truth into me as a loud and rambunctious youngster. They probably never knew I was listening, but I was.

Today, ask God if He would have you take part in training the next generation to love and obey Him. Will you pause to pour out truth and love on the little ones in your life?

How are you impacting the next generation for Christ?


  • Debbie S

    Congratulations Kimberly on your upcoming role as Mimi! I love that name for “Grandma” because that’s what my granddaughter calls me! It’s not that I didn’t want to be “Grandma” but that name was already taking by her other grandmother.

    You will love being Mimi! It is a delight to see your child be a parent and to know that by God’s grace alone all your hard work of raising your children to know and love the Lord has paid off and that the legacy of your love for Him will be lived out in yet another generation.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, Debbie ~

    I do love being a Mi-Mi 🙂 This will be my third grandchild, but the first one that lives locally. Our other two are nine hours away, so we don’t get to see them as often. We Skype, call, and try to see them every other month, but we miss out on daily interaction, which is the case with many families today. It takes more creativity to have opportunities to influence them by long distance, but so thankful for every moment we’re able to have with them!

    Please join me in praying for the posts this month to encourage moms as they strive to live out that sacred role of parenting their little ones. There are so many challenges today, but God is at work!

    Blessings to you, friend!