No Junior Holy Spirit
I recently heard that there is no such thing as a “Junior Holy Spirit;” the same Spirit that raised Christ
from the dead is at work in the life of every person who believes in Jesus, regardless of age or any other
characteristic. The kids Care Fresno serves all need to be mentored and discipled, and I need to be
aware of areas where I can speak into their lives, but at the same time, I need to humbly be open to
learning from them while praying for more kids to say yes to God.
When I first began mentoring Alexa, I would pray with her with the goal of modeling prayer for her.
However, it didn’t take long for me to begin learning about prayer from her. I told her that prayer was
talking to God, but beyond that, the Holy Spirit is at work in her life, teaching her to pray. Alexa is eager
to tell her Daddy and Best Friend about her day, and approaches Him with complete confidence that He
is listening to her every word. She boldly makes requests of the Most High King for herself as well as for
people she doesn’t know, and when she has a question for Him, she asks without hesitation. She prays
unselfishly that God would bless people I am prone to ignore. I admire the way she prays and I want to
be more like her in this area.
Bryson got baptized at Care Camp last year, despite worries of how his mom would respond. He
returned from camp on fire for God. He is now helping lead Bible studies in his apartment complex and
actively tells his friends about Jesus. The Holy Spirit is working in and through Bryson to reach his areas
of influence for Christ.
May* can articulate the Gospel message and understands why Jesus came to die in a way that astounds
me. She remembers the stories and truths of the Bible lessons and reminds others what we have
learned from previous weeks. Her family is against her becoming a Christian and she has not yet
surrendered her life to Christ, but it is evident that God has revealed these things to her and is drawing
her to Himself.
These kids and many others are excited to know God more and it is clear that God is at work in their
lives. Spending time with them as they learn more about God challenges me to expect more from both
God and them instead of constantly being surprised by what God is doing in their lives. Every child and
adult is made in the image of God and the same Holy Spirit that is at work in my life is at work in the
lives of these kids. There is no Junior Holy Spirit, no half-Spirit that is given to children and topped off
when they reach adulthood. The children’s bodies will grow and I pray that their relationship with God
will grow as well, but in the meantime, I am so thankful for the work He is doing in their lives today and
that God never changes!
*name has been changed