WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? We’ve all heard the old story about the Sunday school teacher who was teaching her class one day. She was describing this particular creature that was small and gray and had a long furry tail. As she continued with her description, one of her kids raised their hand. The teacher said, do you know the answer? The little boy said, well, it sounds like a squirrel but I’m going to say Jesus!
WHAT DO I DO? Jesus should be the reason we do what we do? As Sunday school teachers we have to start there. Ask yourself these questions:
- Who asked me to teach?
- Why did they ask me to teach?
- Do I enjoy teaching? Why?
- Do I understand the responsibility of my role?
- Am I excited for each Sunday and its opportunities?
- Do you sense a calling in your life to teach, or are you filling a need?
There are many other questions that you could ask, but the biggest one is the first one: who asked you to teach? I’m sure you thought of the Sunday school director, pastor, or minister of education who stopped you in the church hallway to ask you that staggering question: “Would you be interested in teaching a Sunday school class?” I would challenge you to go deeper to ponder the question, “Did Jesus ask me to teach?”
Consider the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 1:9: “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began…”