ARISE Devotional | February 6

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:9-11

It’s Sunday morning and most would think a Sunday School teacher’s home would be calm. Well, my home is no different than many others where the Devil’s scorn is working overtime to place obstacles in family church plans. Skirting those worldly temptations, I rush out the door. I hurriedly walk in the church, take a deep breath and feel a welcoming Spirit of calmness surround me.

I grab the class role, speaking to fellow teachers along the way. Carrying my Bible with curriculum, craft supplies and of course, a snack, I arrive in my classroom. The children enter the room with wide eyes and excitement as they hear me say repeatedly, “Come on in.”

My hat of responsibilities quickly switches to that of a school crossing guard, guiding these precious souls to their seat. Roles change again, I become a listener of stories where one proudly says, “My birthday is this week,” while another is pulling out a toy from her purse, and one sneaks to his seat quietly. Two boys tussle over their favorite seat and a visitor is brought in with a look of “This is Sunday School?”

Nevertheless, the well-planned lesson was rewritten. Over the years from preschool to sixth grade, I’ve learned there is so much more to teaching our children than the planned lesson. As Corrie Ten Boom said, “The best learning I had came from teaching.” My time teaching our church children has allowed me to see the real meaning of hope, love, joy, and peace while trying to fulfill the Great Commission.

We so often are consumed by the world’s pressures that we forget to claim God’s Word. We forget how those classic Sunday School songs put Scriptures in our hearts, how Sunday school crafts sparked our imagination into developing a prized piece of art, just like God did when He created us. And yes, we forget how as a child, we once had hope and knew God would keep His promises. We loved more peacefully and selflessly. Our joy was a fruit of the Spirit that had not been tarnished by worldly influences and our peace in Christ was knowing He was in control.

Think about it today and be encouraged! Have a great day and pass it on with the hope of Christ’s return, the love of a Mighty Savior, and a heart with a peace that passes all understanding. Together, let us all continue to pray for us to hear our Master Teacher say one day, “Come on in.”

A sinner saved by grace,

Loren Davenport