Like most churches all across America, we have Wednesday Night activities. We have a youth program called, Know Your Bible Club. My sister and I, along with a few other ladies from the church- come up with music, devotions, crafts, and games to teach the kiddos a little more about Jesus. One craft we did a few weeks ago was one that I found on trusty PinterestJ. We’ve been studying out the names of Jesus in the Gospel of John; we were getting near summer break, so I wanted to find a craft for the kids to use what they had been learning. We toke pieces of paper, made several folds, ripped them, and voilà … they were crosses!
It actually is a little harder than you might think, but the kids caught on within minutes;). While I was folding, and folding, and folding the paper- I was saying scripture after scripture about why Jesus had to come and die on the cross. “Romans 3:23- For All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…Romans 10:13- Everyone who calls on the name of Lord shall be saved… Romans 6:23- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord…etc…” The kids were mesmerized at the project, and surprisingly, they caught on much quicker than I had anticipated.
I didn’t think too much about it…we finished… ate with the church family…went home to get homework done and went to bed. My seven year old daughter is my analytical minded mystery. She is so quiet sometimes, but do not be deceived, she is always thinking. She sat and folded and ripped, folded and ripped…for at least thirty minutes after she completed her homework. She made several crosses with scrap paper we had left over from another project and then went to bed.
A few days passed, I saw her showing her three year old sister how to make a cross… I heard her trying to say some of the verses. I smiled and thought, “Way to go, Jesus… thank you;).” Again, I didn’t think much about it. I heard her say, “Momma, I think we’ve got it. I just need to learn all those verses you said to us the other night.” I told her that she already knew some scripture, and she should just share what she already knew, and we will learn all the ones momma said the other night as we go. She seemed satisfied with that answer, and continued to color the cross she just made for her sister.
A couple weeks ago I was cleaning. I found some little pieces of paper folded up, and stuck behind a book in our house. I pulled them out to find what seemed to be enough for most of the people in her little class. I opened up one of the papers to find a cross with one of the kids from her class written on it and it said, “Jesus Loves You. From Chloe.” My heart melted. There was a cross for each of her little friends, with the reminder that Jesus loved them. I put them back and never said a word about them to her. I am trying to let her own her walk with the LORD… I know she has shown several people in her school how to do it, but I honestly am not sure if she passed out those specific crosses to her little friends before school was out for the summer. I haven’t checked since, but what it did do was remind me of what our purpose on earth needs to be about. Enjoy the Lord, and let others know about Him.
Why is it that sharing the gospel has a tendency to be scary? Are we like Chloe? Do we feel because we don’t know enough of the Word to “truly share Christ’s love with people”- so we remain silent? A good starter is just as simple as those three words that Chloe shared… JESUS LOVES YOU…. From: _______ (insert your name). God tells us in Psalm 107:2…Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Jesus is with us always even to the end of the age, as promised to us in Matthew 28:19-20… so if He is with us, why do we fear? Many times we fear people more than God. That is a much scarier thought than simply sharing the gospel. What can man do to us?
People need Jesus. We need to share Jesus with our friends, our neighbors, our families, our enemies. We all struggle with feeling incompetent in sharing the gospel with random people, but what if we simply started with our friends? “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.” Step out in faith and share what Jesus is doing in your life with your friends, and then let God lead. Before you know it, you might be telling complete strangers what Christ has done for them;). And guess what? Little eyes are always watching… let your little ones see how to change someone’s eternity by simply caring enough to give a friend the cross.
Katie Jo Hook grew up in a ministry, where she saw the grace of Jesus change lives. Her passion is to address our sinful nature, but FOCUS on JESUS and HIS saving GRACE.