We were treated to a prophetic picture during our time of worship at The Crossing this morning. The young children were brought into the sanctuary so that they could participate in worship. They were standing at the side of the room. The Spirit of God was present in a mighty way as we sang: "There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain." We began to sing, "There's an army rising up; There's an army rising up; There's an army rising up to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain." As if on cue, a small boy began to run across the front of the sanctuary. I saw him as a representative of the next generation, rising up as an army for the Lord.
The Kingdom of Heaven was joining us as we worshiped, and this little one was inspired! Jesus said that the Kingdom of God belongs to little children and that we must receive the Kingdom of God like a little child to enter it. (Luke 18:16-17) No one could stop this little boy from moving forward; he was on a mission!
We were declaring the name of the Lord and the power that comes with it. Proverbs 18:10 says, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." By running across the front of the worship center this child was positioning himself to be close to the Lord's anointing. It really pleases God when we sow into the lives of the next generation.
"What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways," it says in Job 22:28. Our little child had decided to express his delight by running to the front where the worship team was drawing us into the presence of the Lord. He had on a pair of sneakers that lit up with a red light every time he took a step. What a demonstration of this verse!
Paul asks in 1 Corinthians 9:24, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." Our little runner was going for it! Nothing would hold him back.
Here are the things that we can learn from him:
There is an army rising up who will run like a child and follow the Lord wherever He leads. Let's be part of that army!
Joan E. Mathias