I had the privilege of hearing Beth Guckenberger speak at the Children’s Pastor’s Conference last night. Beth and her husband, Todd, who live in Monterrey, Mexico, have a passion for orphans and are founders of Back2Back Ministries. Beth is an incredible story teller and her passion for God, His Word, and the parent-less children of the world is so evident in her life. One thing that she said has stuck with me all day. She said that she likes to keep her hand raised because in the “classroom called life” she never knows when God’s going to call on her. And she wants to be ready to answer.
How often do I say, “I’ve got a question for you” and the kids’ hands start going up. What do I do? I tell them to put them down until they hear the question! Seemed like the right thing to do, I guess, thinking they needed to know what was being asked so that I did not call on someone who didn’t really have an answer. As I stop and think about that phenomenon, I can’t help but smile because they just want to be in the moment! They want to participate! They want to be a part of what’s going on! That’s what Beth was talking about! She wanted to be at the ready, prepared to jump in! She trusted that God was going to call on her. And she knew what her response was going to be.
This Sunday, in our Portrait of Jesus series, the elementary kids will be taking another close look at the real Jesus. They will be learning that as Jesus walked the earth, He was fully God! Next week they will learn that He was also fully man. As we work through Philippians 2:5-11, they will see a “picture” of the real Jesus. Please join the FaithWorks! team in praying for these kids. We want them to know Jesus so well that they want to raise their hand and keep it up. We want them to have a desire to follow Him and serve Him. And we want them to be ready and anticipating that God will call on them in their “classroom called life”.
How about you? Got your hand up?!