There is nothing more exciting for me than when the Holy Spirit is poured out!!! Wow!
The prophet Joel starts his prophecy with these words:
Tell it to your children,Joel 1:3
and let your children tell it to their children,
and their children to the next generation.
God is always acting and acting boldly. And God doesn't want us to hide what the Spirit is doing; God wants to make sure our children know about it.
Did you ever wonder why?
Does God want us to warn them about the horrors? Yes! Our children should not be sheltered from the holiness of God, God's wrath against unfaithfulness and what God does to God's enemies. Tell your children! Warn them!
Does God want us to amaze our children with God's power? Yes! Our children should not think of God as something they can control or contain in a box, but a force and spirit beyond our control and our imagining. Tell your children! Shock them!
But even more exciting to me is that God wants to include our children in God's action! When the spirit is poured out on all flesh, both our sons and daughters will prophecy!!!
Even our sons and daughters will prophecy!!
Worship will not just be for the older folks while our children play tic-tac-toe on the bulletin. Offerings will not just be given by the adults while the children hold open their hands to receive a measely quarter from their dad's pocket or mother's purse.
Our children will participate.
Tell your children!
Get them excited and let them anticipate the joy!