“Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One person plants and someone else harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to the harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work and you will gather the harvest.”
This is a conversation I had 2 years ago:
God: Sarah I think you should help out with teaching Sunday school
Me: Hey God, no thanks, I don’t like my own children half the time…
He continued to lay that thought on me for several weeks until he decided to play a different hand since I wasn’t listening. Then I got this email from a woman I really respect and love:
“Hey girl, I think you should prayerfully consider teaching Sunday school.”
My response to her: Did God tell you to email me?
That was two years ago in September. A close friend who taught the three year old room had just suffered in a car crash and would be in the hospital for several months. When we approached our leader of our Sunday School with said friend who had emailed me (y’know because she just “happened” to be in the parking lot while we were also getting out of our car…) and she asked us a tough question “Are you serious about this? Or are you just helping out this Sunday?”
There it was, the perfect opportunity to back out of what I didn’t want to do. I could easily say just this Sunday, teach one class and be done with it. But I felt myself saying, we’re committed to the whole year.
What happened over the course of the next year was incredible. We fell in love with those kids. They were only three!! But somehow they had such insight into the bible that I feel I could only dream of having. They taught us more than we taught them is how I sometimes feel. We were so blessed to have been able to move up with them to the 4’s room the following year. What an absolute joy we had again being able to teach them. Now they were older, now we could really get into some deeper conversations! We discovered what it was like to glean grain with Ruth, we crossed the read sea with Moses, we brought down the wall with Joshua! And this summer we even slayed a giant with our marshmallow slingshots!
We were lucky enough again to be able to follow our same children to the Kindergarten classroom. Even though it was only our first week you wouldn’t believe the amazing questions we were blessed with being in the position to answer. Such as “When I pray, how does God know I am talking to him?” and “God was a spirit too right?”. We were able to answer those questions. Think about that and really let it set in. Your children were asking these questions to people who LOVE Jesus and know the bible, which means they were getting an answer through the holy spirit. They weren’t asking someone at school who might not know Jesus.
That my friends is the reason for this post. When I prayed on Sunday morning as we were driving to church in our car the Holy Spirit said these words through my prayer “I pray for the people of our church to become more involved in children’s ministries Lord. We can see how the world lives right now, the only hope that we have for the future to KNOW YOU God is through these children. It’s through setting them up on a firm foundation of knowing you, knowing your truths and knowing who they put their faith in.”
I will admit it was kind of a passionate prayer! I was upset because it’s true. Listen I was one of those people who didn’t think I would like helping out and that it would just be serving reluctantly, but I was wrong. Please understand how wrong I was.
I can’t even imagine what it would be like to not serve now. This is being written right now from the Holy Spirit to people who will read this and know this post is for them. Don’t turn away, don’t make any more excuses, get out there and commit to teaching our kids THE TRUTH! If we do not teach our kids, if we don’t make it a priority to teach these children who and what they should put their faith in then why are we even going to church? If our Faith dies with us then why do we go to church every Sunday?
Matthew 18:5-6 “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown in the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck.”
Lead by example, teach your children what it means to faithfully serve where God is calling us to serve!