Today on iPray is a Prayer for 2010. Please continue to join in prayers at ZOE this February.
September 2009, I started one of my greatest heart's desires - to be a teacher in the children's church. I was assigned to the class of 3 year olds. God is amazing. These children are so smart. I remember once there was a bee in the class. I told the children to sit still so that the bee does not "bite" them. One girl in the class corrected me saying, "bees don't bite. They sting." From these children, I have learnt that gifts and talents are in us right from childhood. I wanted to keep the class quiet so I gave them some colouring assignments (believe me, this works for 3 year olds). But there was one girl who kept on coming back to ask for more because she quickly and neatly finished what I asked her to colour. I wondered, how could a 3 year old know how to colour so neatly without having the colours scattered all over the place?
In January, after the reshuffling, I was assigned the class of 8-9 year olds. This class is a higher level oh. When I was teaching creation - plants, trees, herbs, one of them said "vegetation to summarize". By the time we delved into amphibians, eclipse, and all those big big grammar, I knew I had to read more than my Bible before coming to teach them. But I love them so much.
Anyway, in January all Children Church Teachers received a bag of rice and a bottle of vegetable oil. The thought that came to my mind was "do I deserve the same gift as those who had been teaching all through the year?" I think between September and December, I must have taught only 3 times, yet I was getting the full benefits as those who had been consistent, been there from the beginning, and obviously put in more effort.
And then I remembered the parable of the labourers in the vineyard [Matthew 20:1-16]. The truth is that the Lord of the vineyard agreed to pay per day (not per hour) and no matter how long each labourer spent, he was going to pay the day's wage.
The grace, mercy and love of God is not by your works but by God's grace. God gives mercy to all for the sake of His Only-begotten Son. It does not matter whether you accepted Jesus twenty years ago or just yesterday. The full, complete benefits of salvation are yours.
Accept and receive them today for Jesus Christ has paid the price for you.
I have already launched my vegetable oil. It came at the right time...:-)