Many times while working with children, the teacher finds herself learning as well. Working with children can help one teach and learn at the same time. There are many occasions when, as a teacher, I do my best to explain how God loves us and how we can show that love to others. It's an amazing thing though, as I try to explain it to the children, I actually end up reinforcing the lessons in my own heart.
We are told in several verses throughout the Bible to teach our children about God and the Scriptures:
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NIV) Proverbs 22:6
“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”(NIV) Deuteronomy 6:7
” Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (NIV) Deuteronomy 4:9
” Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (NIV) Deuteronomy 11:19
“Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:20
In the Book of James, James fervently speaks about faith without works is dead. Even the demons know of God, and anyone can be a theologian, but it is the one who lives their faith out loud and in public for all to see that will be deemed as righteous. They will know you by your fruits.
James 2: 14-26 (NIV), ” What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless]? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
As I work with these children, I'm constantly reminded that I am being watched. How does one come to believe what one is taught unless the teacher is convincing and shows that the teacher believes as well. As the parents and children get to know me better, it is my prayer that they will see a teacher who believes in what she teaches. I'm passionate about sharing God's love for others, and I hope they see that passion in all that I do.
“Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” (NIV) Proverbs 20:11
“……and a little child shall lead them,” (NIV) Taken from Isaiah 11:6