We have the awesome opportunity in 5th grade to learn about the parables of Jesus. These are Jesus’ teachings directly to us that are meant to encourage, challenge and to dig deeper into our faith.
Our class was getting closer to the parable about the sheep and the goats and I know that this is a “heavy” topic so I wanted to be able to linger in the discussion. I opened my Bible and showed the class how EVERY word was in red. Jesus Himself spoke every word of this parable!
This message is the meat vs. the milk of our journey with Jesus. We read it out loud and began to dissect each verse with intensity.
No one moved, all eyes were on me … you could sense the presence of the Lord.
As tears rolled down my face I talked about this parable being what our walk with Jesus is like. When we stand before Him what will He say to you? Will you be a sheep or a goat? Do you have assurance that you name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life?
Not easy questions for a grown up, let alone a 5th grader.
After our discussion, the class had the chance to write down their thoughts or create a picture of what this meant to them. Needless to say, more tears from me at the beauty and purity of their thoughts.
Oh, the Holy Spirit was moving.
I offered an opportunity to the class to come and speak to me at recess if they wanted to and they sure did. I had a steady stream of students want to talk with me.
We had time to discuss and pray through some pretty deep questions and emotions. There were even opportunities for salvation! I rejoiced knowing more disciples of Jesus were welcomed into the kingdom through this time.
As I reflected on all of this, I was struck with the thought that this teachable moment was not something I HAD to do; it was something I GET to do! What a blessing to be in a school that when the Holy Spirit moves we get to move too! As a teacher, we have some Esther-like qualities in that we have these particular students, “For such a time as this.”
I am continually humbled and honored to be a Christian school teacher. God is on the move for their hearts and ours. We will finish this race set before us being the hands and feet of Jesus.