I listened with interest as our church’s Minister of Children shared at children’s time. Her lesson captivated more than the children – the lesson made an impression on me. May I share her lesson with you?
She showed the children a box containing a model car kit. After talking briefly about model building, she said, “There are three things you need to know about building a model”. Showing the children the box, she pointed to the picture of the model car. She told them that first you need a picture of the model – you need to know what the finished model is supposed to look like. Secondly, she said you need the instructions sheet, and you must follow the instructions step by step. Finally, she told the children, you need the right kind of glue – the glue will hold it all together so it doesn’t fall apart.
With the three steps clearly stated, she then made the spiritual application. The four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) give a picture of Jesus, our spiritual model. The instruction sheet is the Bible with directions of how to live the right way, like Jesus. Prayer is the glue that holds it all together.
The lesson was simple and clear. I was reminded of a verse of scripture that has figured prominently in my own Christian life. The Apostle Paul writes to believers in Corinth (1 Corinthians 11:3, NKJ), “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” The phrase “the simplicity that is in Christ” stays in the forefront of my mind. Modeling our lives after Jesus need not be nuclear physics:
- Look at the example. Read the words of the gospels to get a picture of Jesus when He walked upon the earth. Follow His example. John 13:15 (ESV): “For I have given you an example (model), that you also should do just as I have done to you.”
- Read the instructions. The scriptures provide us with instructions. They not only help us know the overall goals for a life well-lived, but also supply step-by-step lessons for successful daily living.
- Use the right glue. Just as our Children’s Minister emphasized prayer as the glue, veterans of the faith testify to the necessity of a regular prayer life. Jesus pointed to the necessity of prayer: “And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1, ESV).
“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Luke 18:17, ESV)
~ Brother Roy