Last month I was a volunteer storyteller in the Little Red Schoolhouse at the county fair. My job was to tell children the story of Jesus. What fun!
The LRS, a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship, was positioned near the horse show, the pig races and the barnyard animals. We met teenagers from 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America that were showing their goats or getting ready to auction their cows or lambs. In between cleaning their pens and feeding them, they had time to visit us.
Consequently, instead of little children, most who heard the story on my shift were teenagers. I was amazed at how many did not know the true message of salvation. Several did not know that Jesus had risen from the dead! I told them we have a holiday every year when we celebrate His resurrection. “Can you name that holiday?” Only one teenager guessed Easter.
Fortunately, all the groups that came to listen to the story were receptive! They listened with interest. They asked questions. They learned that everyone who is willing to turn away from their sins and follow Jesus will have their sins forgiven. Moreover, they will also receive the Holy Spirit and all the fruit of the Spirit. They only need to exercise the fruit they will now receive. Now they will have the power to resist the temptation to sin. “Do we need more patience? Do we need more self-control? Do we need more love?” To each question they responded, “Yes!”
The teenagers prayed. They said they wanted to follow Jesus! Many chose to join The Mailbox Club and receive free Bible studies in the mail so they could continue to learn and grow in their faith.
I was impressed that when it came time to leave, each group displayed an attitude of gratitude and respect. Perhaps it comes with training in the raising and caring for animals.
- God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
- Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- The Mailbox Club is an exciting Bible correspondence club designed to disciple children and adults. For more information: http://www.cefonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=483&Itemid=100260/
- What are your thoughts? Are you surprised there are teens who don’t know the meaning of Easter?
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/ and www.godlife.com