I wonder if it would look something like this on the first day of class…
As Jesus faces his students for the first time he would probably smile broadly at his young disciples. His eyes would glisten with joy as he welcomes all of them, before ever speaking a word. The children would not be able to keep from smiling themselves as they gaze for the first time upon their new teacher.
The students would be able to tell immediately he was a kind, gentle, and loving man.
Still not speaking, Jesus might casually stroll through the rows of chairs where the children are seated. He would place his rough and calloused hands on the shoulder of each child he passed and look warmly into his or her face.
The anticipation builds as the children anxiously wait for his first words. Their heads would turn as their eyes followed him around the room, while he silently but personally greets every young student into his class.
No matter the size of the class, Jesus would single each student out and let each child know he or she is a unique individual who is cared for and loved by this carpenter-teacher.
His first lesson would be taught with out uttering a single word!
Then…Jesus would return to the front of the room and open the bible he had previously placed on his podium. He would finally speak.
“Please open your bibles to…”
His first words would direct his students to the Word of God, which is the revelation of God to man. Jesus would teach his students about his Father and he would teach them from the bible.
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words
and puts them into practice,
I will show you what they are like.
They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep
and laid the foundation on rock.
When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it,
because it was well built.
Luke 6:46, 47
A carpenter knows that a strong foundation is critical to the strength of whatever is being built. If the foundation is poor, than whatever is built upon it will fall.
And… a teacher knows that in order for the students to learn they must feel safe and…loved.
God has given parents an essential role in the lives of their children. Godly parents must be like the peaceful carpenter and the teacher from Nazareth. As dads (and moms) we must do our best to build a strong foundation of faith and model the love of Jesus in our own lives.
Words are not always necessary, but when we speak, we should speak often to our children from the Word of God. And, like Jesus, express love always!
If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles (teachings) of God…
1 Peter 4:11 (NKJV)
A prayer for your family:
Heavenly Father, thank you for the child you have given to us. Please help us to love him/her as you do. We pray that our actions will show your love and our words will be your words, taken from your scriptures. Please help us to build our child’s life and the life of our family on the precious Words of the Truth of Scripture.
What things do you do to bring your kids “up in the Lord”?