Only One Answer Matters

Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve been teaching Sunday school since the age of 12. That’s early for that kind of ministry, but I’ve always loved Jesus and would do anything to edify the kingdom. Sunday school just so happened to be what was and is needed.

After over 12 years of teaching Sunday school I was burnt out! So I’ve been on “vacation” for the past year or so, and I’m not going to lie, it’s been a much needed break. This Sunday I was in church and the youth minister was out, so my pastor turned to me and asked me to teach a group of 8 students ages 4-12. I wasn’t prepared, but I asked the Holy Spirit to guide me.

We studied John 14: 1-6. It was a good lesson. I really think the kids enjoyed themselves and learned/reinforced a lot. By teaching the class, though, I think I received the most benefit. The lesson I learned from my students is:

ONLY ONE ANSWER MATTERS!

Having a group of students ranging from, “I just want to color,” to “I just want to talk with my friends,” is difficult. So to keep all the kids engaged, I ask a lot of question before, during, and after the lesson. And I realized, every kid, no matter the age, no matter the question, always shouts the same answer: JESUS! 

It doesn’t matter what question I ask, whether or not “Jesus” is the appropriate answer, or if it even makes sense, the kids always yell out Jesus. It’s actually quite humorous but it made me think. Why is it that they always yell out, “Jesus!” And it came to me. 85% of the time, in Sunday school, “Jesus,” is the right answer to the question. The kids know that they have a great chance of getting the answer correct if they stick with, “Jesus,” as the response.

That Sunday school class simplified a biblical truth for me in such an innocent way. The best answer to any question, problem, or dilemma is Jesus. How timely was this realization with the text of the Sunday school lesson?

 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

-John 14:6

As adults, we complicate things by trying to figure things out on our own, but in reality, the bible has addressed every issue we will encounter and we must first look to Jesus to answer life’s questions. Jesus is THE [one] way, THE [one] truth, and THE [one] life. We turn to Jesus by praying and reading the bible – because the Jesus is the word in the flesh (John 1:14).

God’s Will for your Life!

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Often times, we struggle to find God’s will for our lives. There are so many areas of ministry we could go into; so many jobs we could take; so many other decisions that seem to shape our lives and the impact we’ll have on the world. So for anyone who is struggling to find God’s will for your life, I’d like to share a quote I once heard:

The word of God IS the will of God.” – Andrew Wommack. 

So what part of God’s word points you in the direction of His will for you? I lean on 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18:

15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Once we make Jesus Christ our Lord and personal Savior, if we focus on mastering the items listed above, we will be in the position to carry out God’s perfect will in our lives. 

God’s Word is EVERYTHING!

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” ~ Hebrews 11:3

Some people think that the Bible is just a book. Just a collection of stories that we read and model our lives after. What those people fail to realize is that God created the universe with his WORDS. He spoke, and things were created. That’s how powerful God’s words are.

I thank God for his word and for accessibility to it. We are so fortunate to live in a day and time where we can easily access God’s word. We are educated to read it, and it is printed in every language. Glory be to God for sharing His very self through His words.

Even approaching the topic of God’s word leaves me in awe. Every time I think of how open God has been towards us and how much He loves us to share himself with us – it blows my mind. I don’t even have the capacity to think about it. I just raise my hands and thank God that the same words used to create the universe are here for me. That same power is in those words.

Hallelujah!

Introduction

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Hey everyone! I’m Jess and I love God! I also really love giving advice. I thought, why not mix the two and start a blog! So here it is.

In reality, I have downtime right now and so I have time to do this. I can’t guarantee the length of time I’ll keep it up, but hopefully this will be a very therapeutic learning experience for me.

I’ve found that I really enjoy researching scripture, so if you need advice and would like it from a scriptural point of view – contact me and let’s Let the Word do the Work!