For a number of years, the theme Calvary Chapel Sunday School has adopted is Strengthening A Godly Heritage. The psalmist David speaks of the goodly heritage he has. I believe that every child attending Sunday School has received a goodly heritage. It is the beginning of something great. Through biblical, prayerful teaching this heritage can be strengthened and built upon.
The group of children that attend Sunday School are an amazing group. Having such a beautiful group of children of course, reflects on the parents and all the hard work they do in raising their children to love God. At Calvary Chapel, there are also a group of dedicated people who have determined to be intentional about the legacy they are leaving. The Sunday School teachers that have taught your children spend hours in prayer, preparation and teaching. They have wept for your children, they have cared for them, and they have rejoiced with them.
The chorus of a well known song says ‘I want to leave a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things?’
We all want to be remembered for something. We want our efforts to make a lasting difference in this world.
In a time when we are striving to minimalist our carbon footprint, we need to maximise our spiritual footprint!
Brother Tenney once said ‘Life comes down to 3 things – learning, earning and returning.
Earning – financial and earning experiences in our lives
Returning – Giving back of those thngs we have received.
There comes a time when each of us needs to think about how and what we are going to return to those around us. Jesus said ‘Freely ye have received, freely give’. This is not only of our finance, but of our love, our time, our experiences, our prayers.
Someone also said ‘What we do in the next 5 years determines the next 50 years of history’. Yes, I love the children in our church. I can’t think of anything better than seeing them give their hearts to Jesus and serve Him throughout their lives. But you know, I am making an investment by doing what I do. These children are going to grow up to possibly be my Music Director, my Women’s Ministry Leader, preachers. Not only that, but they are going to grow up to be my sons examples of Christians, they may be his youth leader!
This amazing group of children deserve our prayers, our love and our examples. My prayer is that this blog will become something that blesses you, encourages you and maybe even gives you some direction in parenting your very special children.