I’ve done it again! The last time, I wasn’t trusting that the Lord would remember that I desire to be married and have a family if I don’t remind him every few minutes. This time, it’s a bit different, but the result is still the same.
About six weeks ago, a friend, whose church is very small, asked me to teach Bible lessons to the children when the adults are having their home group. I thought about it for a couple of weeks. I would like to say that I prayed and received an answer, but that’s not exactly what happened. I may have mentioned before that I’m not a great pray-er and wait-for-answer-er. In any case, I finally answered that I would teach the children.
The first time I’m supposed to teach them is tomorrow. So, I’ve been pondering and pondering about what/how I can teach them, to make absolutely sure that they don’t stray from their faith when they are older. I don’t want them to feel disillusioned with the faith of their childhood later in life. Therefore, I’ve been trying to think of exactly what I need to say, in order to make absolutely sure that these children genuinely accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and don’t just follow along, because they are young.
RED FLAG of DISTRUST!
Do I have control over these kids’ salvation!? No, I don’t.
Will God’s plans be thwarted, if I don’t say the perfect words? Let’s go with “no” again.
I’ve heard several people talk about how we must hold our children (biological or heart children) with an open hand, in front of the Lord. We have to trust that His will be done. There are no guarantees that they won’t stray. That they won’t all go to prison. That they won’t stop going to church as soon as they start college – or earlier. The Lord knows all of these things already.
I do know that I have a responsibility to teach them with care and make sure that they are hearing sound doctrine. However, what they do with it is out of my hands. Fortunately, these kids’ families are pretty strong Christians. Plus, the children have regularly attended Sunday School at another church for quite a while. So, I’m not starting with a blank slate.
Please pray for me and the children. I think I have found the lesson that I would like to teach. I just did that in the fifteen minutes between writing the previous two sentences.
This is all in God’s hand. May I be humble and obedient while teaching His truth to these sweet, little ones.