Every morning before we begin our day at school we say the pledges and have a devotional thought. We all take turns reading a verse and sharing a little something about it, pray and then we are ready to begin class. It is an excellent way for kids to become comfortable reading the Bible and praying in front of others and I thoroughly enjoy hearing their insights. I especially get a kick out of some of the verses they choose.
Jackson is in my class this year and lately he has been reading out of Revelation for his devotional day. He loves the villains in all his sci-fi books and movies. General Greivous in Star Wars is his favorite and I have to say, he has the villainous laugh down pat. Not to mention the evil glare that goes with it. His insight after reading is that we need to tell the world about Jesus so they don't have to experience what will happen in the Tribulation. (So much for being the villain!)
Today was my turn and I always let the students bring in items, any item they want, to place in a box. I reach in, pull something out and then share the gospel of Jesus with whatever it is. I want them to truly grasp on to the fact that everything in this world can be used to share Jesus. You simply have to know Him and His word. He will not allow a moment to slip by without sharing an insight if you're heart's desire is to make Him known. As Beth Moore says, "When His glory is at stake, you can count on Him to come through!"
In all my years of doing this for students I have yet to be stumped and this class of students is determined. This morning one girl immediately began working with construction paper and tape to form...we are not sure what. But, when it was pulled out of the box God gave an insight and the gospel was shared. The box contained a book cover...easy, the blood of Jesus covers you; a fold up frisbee...John 10:10 is one of my favorites - Jesus came to give us life more abundantly; a golf ball which proved to be more challenging but as I talked about the goal of golf being a hole in one the gospel fell into place (My heart is the hole and Jesus is a golf ball!); and a bag of fraction manipulatives...sin breaks us into pieces, but the forgiveness of Jesus through His shed blood makes us whole.
The best part of the devotional time this morning is that my students began participating!! They wanted to come grab something out of the box! I absolutely loved hearing them use the items, everyday ordinary items, to share the love of Jesus. I just know that with practice, lessons in using their voices, they will be able to boldly, confidently share the love of Jesus with the world. And, I am a part of it.
Thank you, Lord for the ways you use me to build Your kingdom. May I never fail You!
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