Pastor’s Kids: The Church's Secret Weapon

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Beth Jones explains why the enemy targets the children of pastors.

For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just….” Genesis 18:19, NIV

Pastor’s kids are the secret weapon of the church! Today's devotional is a shout-out for all Pastor’s Kids (PKs). I love PKs, probably because we have four of them. But, there's more to it than that. I believe Pastor’s kids are hand-selected for their assignment by God and they are one of the secret weapons of the church!

Think about it. From birth, PKs have a front row seat in the ups and downs, vision and realities, ins and outs, joys and sorrows, pressures and perks and the favor and persecution that goes with the ministry of preaching the gospel and pastoring a church in a given community.

On the challenging side: they've navigated a life of pressure where they are expected to be perfect, sinless and fully versed in every topic in the Bible. They have survived unfair scrutiny by most everyone as they live life in a fish bowl. They have had to deal with negative people who secretly hope they stumble and fall.

On the positive side: they've been prayed for by dozens of church people daily throughout their lives. They've had built in accountability by virtue of being a PK and that may have helped them make the right decisions at times. They are blessed to have a lot of faith-filled people rooting for them and desiring their success.

I believe that PKs are some of the most giving, balanced, potential-laden, real and genuine people in the church. They have a heart for God's House. By the time they hit their twenties, they've made decades worth of sacrifices for the House – unlike anyone else in the church. They've given up every Sunday (and other weekend days and nights) their entire life to be at the church with their parents. They didn't always have a choice – but they obeyed their parents and attended, loved, served and gave to the Lord and the church for years. They've had to share mom and dad with the bigger church family, even when they didn't want to. There is no one more experienced or invested in the church than every PK alive.

It's no wonder the enemy goes after PKs. He wants to trip up all pastor’s kids to put an end to any potential gospel legacy. Unfortunately, he doesn't have to look very far to inspire critics and betrayers to put a hook of disillusionment or disappointment in the heart of PKs with the hope they become casualties who never realize their God-given callings or potential. He sends "bad company" to lure PKs away from God and His Kingdom by using worldly temptations common to all.

Pastor's kids don't get a pass; they have to be vigilant in making godly choices just like everyone else. It's not an easy role to play. We all know stories of famous PKs who've gone astray. It's likely that the more famous prodigals have a huge calling on their life and perhaps they didn't know how to deal with the pressures, expectations or temptations they faced in a healthy or balanced way. Katy Perry – a PK – wrote the "Who Am I Living For" song that probably describes what every wayward PK knows in their heart. A few of the lyrics are telling, "It's never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called. Standing on the front line when the bombs start to fall. I can see heavens but I still hear the flames calling out my name. I can see the writing on the wall. I can't ignore this war. At the end of it all who am I living for?" (It's a great song – listen to the whole thing!)

My husband Jeff and I are first generation Christians and ministers, not PKs; we didn't have half the experience or wisdom our kids have when we started the church twenty years ago. We had to learn many things the hard way; so these days, we are happy to help our kids (and the other PKs in our church) step into their callings and ministry to go farther in ministry, faster than we did. We are prayerfully navigating the best ways to mentor PKs in ministry and gradually learning how to open doors and reward them for their faithfulness – while at the same time providing the bumper guards of wisdom and accountability that they need.

Indeed, we truly believe that PKs are the secret weapon of the church! We look forward to seeing how the Lord will use Pastor's kids everywhere in the days to come…

Do you know a PK? Why not pray for them today...

Say It: "Father, I pray for the pastor’s kids I know. I pray You give them the wisdom, strength and favor they need to find and fulfill Your plan for their lives. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

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