I’ve been teaching Sunday school for 10 years, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the 4 year olds I get to minister on a weekly basis, is that they remember every word they hear. They also repeat every word they learn, be it good or bad.
Our focus at Christmas, is on the birth of Christ, as it should be, however while focusing on His birth, we often tragically miss opportunities for evangelization.
Something else I learned, is that children are courageous, not easily embarrassed; and when you think about it, spreading the gospel comes completely natural for them.
A prayer I have for my Sunday school kids, as well as my own is that they may seek opportunities to tell others about the salvation and hope we have in Christ. In Matthew 16:15, Christ commands us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. This is why I love the passage of scripture that inspired this craft.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2:15-20 NIV
The shepherds spread the word!
This Christmas, while we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I challenge you to go into your world: your neighborhood, your office, your school, your parks, and spread the word, as the shepherds did. And if you’re a little bit afraid of rejection; take a child. I assure you they will give you the strength.