Teaching a Sunday School lesson to a room full of three and four-year olds is right behind crab fisherman and Navy SEAL sniper on the list of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.
Our church needed a new teacher for the three and four-year-olds Sunday School class.
So unless a Navy SEAL sniper or one of the guys from The Deadliest Catch joined our church at the last minute, things weren’t looking too good. By the way, I think that Captain Sig would do an excellent job of teaching three-year-olds about Jesus. Captain Sig and the Navy SEAL sniper never volunteered.
But someone better did. Two of them.
Both have reputations. Reputations as some of the most Christ-like ladies in our community. And some of the best teachers too. So it only makes sense that one of the godliest things I’ve ever heard in church would come from one of these ladies when she explained their motives to me.
She told me how she had repeatedly let God know that she was willing to do anything that needed to be done in our church. Anything but teach a Sunday School class full of three and four-year-olds. God frequently deals in the anything but categories of our lives.
That’s what he did here. And that’s what led to one of the godliest things I’ve ever heard in church.
“I don’t really have a desire to teach that age group. I’m not able to crawl around with them on the floor. But I can teach them. And I’ll do it with joy. Whatever God wants.”
A lot has been said and written about church growth. For some, it’s all about numbers so they give out free iPads and send out mail to let everyone know that the pastor will be preaching on sex for the next few weeks. Other churches build themselves into massive amounts of debt, hoping that their new cathedrals will draw a crowd.
But none of that can replace having just a few people who are willing to do what they really don’t want to do. And do it with joy. For Jesus. Because of Jesus.
Those people have a way of being contagious. Before you know it, you’ve got a bunch of other folks who are saying and doing the same things. And then you may or may not have the biggest church but you will have one that looks an awful lot like Jesus.
And isn’t that the point?
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7 (ESV)