Representing Him Well

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “represent.”

This morning I got to do one of my favourite things – visit a class of children and tell them about the Bible.

It was my first lesson with the class, and I always love to see the response. Typically, when I enter the class there is a mixture of reactions. Some children are simply excited to see a visitor and to be doing something a little different. Others are more sceptical, especially when they discover we’re talking about the Bible.

Most children here know very little of the Bible and have no idea what to expect. Others have a vague idea, but they know it’s a book written a long time ago and they expect the lessons to be old-fashioned and boring.

I love to see that change as they actually begin to hear what’s in the Bible, and as they engage practically by dressing up and acting out the stories. It is rewarding to see their enthusiasm grow, and to hear the groans of disappointment when they are told that they have to wait until next week to find out more.

I’m also conscious that it is a massive responsibility. For many children this is their first opportunity to learn about the Bible and consider who God is. We want to represent him well – to represent the stories in the Bible and the message of the Bible faithfully.

At the very least, we want to leave them with a positive impression of Christianity as something they want to continue exploring.

I’m aware that it’s not only our words that matter but also our actions and attitudes. The way we speak to the children and how we treat them has to reflect God’s love for them in order to represent him well.

A huge responsibility, but such a privilege and such a joy!

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16 thoughts on “Representing Him Well

  1. Teaching kids ain’t what I do
    as matter of life’s placid course,
    unless the classroom learning’s through
    and it’s time to ride a horse.
    But really it’s not me that does
    more than equine preaching;
    my use is marginal because
    the horse does all the teaching,
    and some children have this known
    from the nurs’ry cradle,
    and a few times being thrown
    makes them more than able
    to take on the beast-command
    with reins held loosely in the hand.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I’m in the UK so it’s a bit different here. Children are taught about different faiths in school. It all has to be done in a very sensitive way – teaching them what Christians believe rather than trying to influence their beliefs – but as they learn about what is in the Bible it is encouraging to see some of them show interest in discovering more for themselves.

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