(a) of all the ministers of the gospel, that their highest comfort is found in the fact that those to whom theyminister, whether still under their care or removed from them, persevere in a steadfast attachment to the truedoctrines of religion, and live accordingly; and,(b) of all Christian parents respecting their own children. the highest joy that a Christian parent can have isto know that his children, whether at home or abroad, adhere to the truths of religion, and live in accordancewith the requirements of the gospel of Christ.If a child wished to confer the highest possible happiness upon his parents when with them, it would be bybecoming a decided Christian; if, when abroad, in foreign lands or his own, he wished to convey intelligenceto them that would most thrill their hearts with joy, it would be to announce to them that he had given hisheart to God. There is no joy in a family like that when children are converted; there is no news that comesfrom abroad that diffuses so much happiness through the domestic circle as the intelligence that a child istruly converted to the Saviour. There is nothing that would give more peace to the dying pillow of theChristian parent, than to be able to leave the world with the assurance that his children would always walk intruth.
teachers/ministers/cell group leaders/spiritual parents
, it is a great joy to hear thatthose we have taught and nurtured are growing in the Lord and are walking in the the truth.It is an encouragement for us to know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain, but is actuallybearing fruit.There are times when we get to the point and think,
Am I making a difference? Are any of these worthit? Am I getting anywhere with them [kids, bible study members, congregation, disciples]?
The stress of preparing a lesson, setting an example, setting aside your own cares and concerns while we counselthem on their problems
all these are causes of burn out among leaders and teachers. But then comesthe news that little Carl-Carl
the one who gave you all those problems years ago in Sunday School
that same Carl-Carl, now a young man, is actively serving the Lord and is passionate in doing his task thatthe Lord has called him to do. Then all of a sudden, you get all fired up once again. The questions thathave been trying to knock you down on your ministry now have answers:
YES, IT’S WORTH IT! YES,YOU’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! One child at a time, one membe
r at a time, one soul at a time - little bylittle we sow the seed that is the Word of God into the hearts of our students. And in time, with propernurture coupled with much prayer, God will make it grow.A few months ago, Ate Holly (my former Sunday School teacher) sent me a message on Facebook: