Recently during a time of classroom devotions and worship in my classroom I was reminded once again of “why Christian education.”
In 5th grade, we get deep into learning about Jesus’ early ministry, from His first miracle to being tempted by Satan, and to Nicodemus sneaking away at night to ask how to be born again. As we got closer to our discussion on Nicodemus, I spent a lot of time in prayer for my students so they would have a deeper understanding of eternal life.
It was important for me to create an atmosphere of reverence and peace, so the students got up from their seats and gathered around me at the back corner. God blessed us with His peaceful presence. They listened intently to the words from Scripture.
“How,” Nicodemus asked, “can one be born again?” He had so much head knowledge -- but no heart connection.
I began to explain what this means to them as 5th graders. God desires our hearts, not our knowledge. He longs to be in relationship with us, not just something casual.
You could have heard a pin drop.
I could see the questions whirling in their minds. A stirring, if you will, of something more. As I wrapped up this time, I told them to let this story settle inside them and tomorrow we would continue.
And continue we did!
“Today is the day!” I declared, “That we will have a chance to change like Nicodemus!” We talked about some big church words like salvation and eternal life.
Oh, the wonderful questions they asked.
Once I felt that they had a truer understanding of what salvation meant, there came two very important questions. “Please stand if you want for the very first time to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?” So many stood! My second question was, “If you have accepted Christ and you want to continue to be renewed.” ALL students are standing.
With tears in my eyes, we prayed a prayer together. When we said “Amen,” two students literally jumped up and cheered.
God is good!
So, you see, this is “why Christian education?”
The continued beauty of weaving Christ into everything in our day and being a part of inspiring fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. I could not ask for a better call in life.