By Trisha Lopez
Initially, I did not foresee myself to be where I am now. My plan was to become a Sunday school teacher after I was done with high school. I was caught by surprise when one of the Sunday school teachers asked if I could teach starting January 2018.
I felt like I was not ready at all, like I would not be able to handle it, and I should turn down the offer. I took time to think about it, but the more I thought, the more nervous I got. I wanted to say no, but when I considered what the scriptures had to say, no did not seem like an option anymore. Matthew 28:19-20 says: 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
In verse 20, we are all clearly commanded to “teach them to observe all things.” There are many other verses which admonish us to be teachers, and that is clearly one of our responsibilities as Christians. If my objective in life is to please God in all that I do and become more and more like Christ each step of the way, I could not turn down this offer no matter how I felt about it.
The second part of verse 20 was very comforting too. The fact that He is with me always, even to the end of the age, gave me the courage to say yes. Although I felt like it was too early, I knew that with God all things are possible.
It was not a bad choice now that I look back. It is indeed a blessing to be able to teach children His word. The beginning was not easy, there were days when I felt like I spoke too fast and they could not understand me, but as time went by, I learnt the best ways to teach them. Now I could say that I look forward to sharing God’s word with the children each time. Seeing them grow is very encouraging: from being quiet and shy kids to becoming more interactive, learning memory verses and remembering the previous weeks’ lessons. Not forgetting the way they appreciate your effort despite how young they are, going out of the way to shake your hand and asking about you when you are not in class. All the small things they do in return are priceless.
When I first agreed to be a teacher, I did not foresee all the blessings that would come my way, but now, I thank God that I trusted Him and took up the responsibility.
There are many areas in which we can all be of service to Him. When we are asked to serve God, why don’t we put aside all the fears of not being good enough and just do it. You will not be able to know the joy in serving Him till you try it out for yourself. If you have served in the past but feel like you were not appreciated for it, always remember Matthew 25:40: “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
We can all be of service to Him, in one way or another, in big ways or small ways. He sees them all.
Ed’s note: Sis Trisha is 16 years old.