Featured in the May, 2010 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

OPKs are “Other People’s Kids”.

We all have kids in our lives-nephews, nieces, grandchildren, kids you babysit, neightbor kids who wander into your house, kids you watch until their mom gets home from work, those you coach on a team or kids in your sports carpool.

Kids are never a nuisance, but always an opportunity. The Lord has brought these kids into your life for a reason! Your influence may be a turning point in the life of some youngster. Teach the child a Christian song, get him to come to Sunday School, sign him up for Vacation Bible School or for Bible

Camp. Teach the child a Bible verse. I was just a child when a lady in our community taught me Mark 16:15, 16 and I still know it. I was just 10 years old when my aunt taught me Proverbs 3:5, 6, which has been with me all these years.
Be aggressive, intentional, bold. If the kid is under your roof or in your car, he is under your rules and your influence.

In a thousand ways, the Devil is after these youngsters to get their lives. Don’t be bashful about making clear the Gospel and the basics of the Bible. You may be the only believer in the life of the child.

Don’t worry about his parents. If they do not like your positive, helpful, Christian influence on this child, the parents can remove him from your influence.

If your kids are at some else’s house, they are exposed to unsupervised television or internet. They may hear language foul enough to scorch your face. They see alcohol being consumed. Why be bashful about exposing kids to that which is good when they are at your house?

With summer coming and youngsters playing in your yard and being in and out of your house, opens up numerous opportunities to make an impact for Christ. These occasions may be so near to you and so frequent that you overlook them. Make sure that you are the one who is “bringing little children to Jesus” (Mark 10:13). Since He loves these kids, so should you.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a powerful Christian influence in the life of OPKs.