I just have to take a minute and share something with you that really touched my heart during Sunday School class last Sunday morning. I’ve thought about this for the last few days, too.
Two Sunday School lessons ago, the kids were introduced to Elijah and had asked lots of questions about him and his works for the Lord. Before the second half of the Jezebel lesson really got underway on Sunday, Sandra was explaining to the kids that when it was time for Elijah to depart from this earth, he did not die, but was taken by God to Heaven in a chariot of fire. Sandra explained to the kids that the fire, while I’m sure looked like the fire we normally think of in all of it’s orange glory, didn’t burn Elijah because it was a spiritual fire. Sandra was in the middle of telling the kids how glorious this chariot of fire- spiritual fire- was and how the spiritual fire was important when one of the kids quietly said, “Kind of like that bush.”
Kind of like that bush.
His comment wasn’t one that stopped the lesson and started another discussion, and truthfully, I don’t think he meant it to be that way. Just an observation from a kid’s point of view. But his comment did stop me and it made me think.
My role in Sunday School is very, very tiny, but it’s something that I take seriously. I don’t teach Sunday School all that often. I only document the lessons to share with the people in Internet Land, act out lessons when a visual might be helpful, and occasionally fill in to teach when, for some reason, Mom can’t be there. There have been times, though, when I have taught a lesson that I’ve walked away wondering to myself did I teach the lesson like it needed to be taught? Did the kids understand any of that at all? Are they learning any of this? If I’m being honest, those doubts have worried me at times.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one that’s ever taught a kid something about the Bible and wondered if the kids understood it. I think that doubt is one that’s probably slipped into the mind of every Sunday School teacher at one time or another. But…
Whether we realize it or not, kids do learn what we teach them about the Bible. Parents, Sunday School teachers, fellow helpers, when you teach a kid about the Bible, about Jesus and His sacrifice for you and me, about how we should conduct ourselves in our Christian journey, you’re adding kindling to the spiritual fire that is burning within that child. While you might wonder if that kindling is burning or have a doubt that the kindling even made it to the fire, one day that spiritual fire you’re helping ignite inside that child will take hold, spread, shine brightly, and will be a huge blaze for God. Kind of like that bush.
Keep the faith-
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.