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).

Prayer for Protection

“Jesus, be a fence all around me everyday. Jesus I want you to protect me as I travel along the way.”

Lord, your word says that “the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3) God, it also says that you are not a man that you should lie. (Numbers 23:19) Thank you for always being a promise keeper and keeping true to your words. God, we know that the entire universe was pieced together by your words (Genesis 1) and so we know how important they are.

Thank you for protection from evil and protection from people and things that attempt to steal my joy. Thank you for overcoming those things (John 16:33) and giving me power and authority to do the same thing (Luke 10:19). I love you and I praise you for what you have already done in me today. Thank you for being with me always and never leaving me (Matthew 28:20).

In Jesus name I pray, amen.

I act like what…

I act like what I hope for!

(Example: if you’re hoping for a good day, despite what’s going on, make your actions those of a person having a good day.) That’s not being in denial – That’s walking in faith.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is dead

James 2:20

“The reward for…

“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” ~Proverbs 22:4

I have a friend who boasts about how he no longer depends on his parents for things and how he’s “independent.” I just want to challenge believers to change our thinking when it comes to this topic. All of us are (or should be) totally dependent on God. 

He provides EVERYTHING we have! We have no reason to boast or be proud of our riches or earnings. God has given us the ability to earn. God has given us opportunities to increase our earning potential. We can do NOTHING on our own – and have no reason to be proud. 

Humble yourself accordingly!