…Know God by Heart
“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone,
Be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.
Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.
Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts,
And they will learn the truth.”
2 Timothy 2: 24 – 25 TLB
A couple of years ago when my youngest son was in 2nd grade, he brought home a writing assignment on “How we should Treat Others.” As I read his simple words, my heart melted. It gave me insight into his pure heart, and made think about the fact that the world would be a much better place if everyone thought like this. I froze when I read the last line which says, “If someone doesn’t know God, teach them…don’t get on to them. Keep telling them.
Keep teaching them until they know God by heart.” With his 8-year-old hand, he had penned an elementary summation of Jesus’ Great Commission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Matthew 28: 19 – 20
I was immediately convicted at the thoughts of the many times I had shied away from “witnessing” to others. My little son understands the eternal importance of knowing God, and he realizes that others need to know Him as well. He believes that we should gently point them to our Heavenly Father. Now when I feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit encouraging me to share God’s love with someone, I remember my little boy’s words, and it gives me the confidence I need to speak up and not miss the opportunity to plant a seed for eternity.
Here’s the entire writing assignment…in his own words:
How we should Treat Others
By Thomas, age 8 🙂
- Treat others how they want to be treated.
- Help people like you’re helping God.
- Treat people like they’re part of your family or like your best friend.
- If someone is new or something, let them fit in with you.
- If they are left out, introduce them to your friends.
- You need to help someone like you’re helping God or a family member or your friend.
- If someone is bored…do something with them!
- Or if they don’t have anyone to play with, don’t leave them out.
- Don’t be mean to the weak! Be caring and loving and kind.
- Don’t judge people on how they look! Judge them by what’s in their heart.
If someone doesn’t know God, teach them…don’t get on to them. Keep telling them. Keep teaching them until they know God by heart.
“…and a little
child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6