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Penelope Potter Ss.T
Well done, thou good and faithful servant:. . .enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
"GOOD MORNING MISS POTTER!"
"Is everyone ready to begin their Sunday School lesson for today?"
"YES MISS POTTER!"
"Very good. Then we will begin. Today's lesson is about being a good steward. Can anybody tell me what a steward is? Yes Phillip?"
"There's a boy in my school name Stuart. I think he's Jewish."
"That's not what I mean Philip. Steward is not a person's name, but it's the name of a job each of us has been given by God. Patty, would you read Luke chapter 12 verses 42 through 44 please?"
"Yes Miss Potter. 'And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.' Do you want me to read some more? I can read more if you want me to."
"No, that will be fine Patty. Can anyone tell me what this passage is saying?"
"I know Miss Potter. I heard it in big people's church. Jesus is saying that we're like a janitor and we're supposed to keep our things from getting dirty and messy. The pastor said God gave us everything we have and we're supposed to take good care of it."
"Well children, that's a tiny part of what Jesus meant I suppose. But I hope you were hearing the pastor out of context."
"We weren't in a contex Miss Potter. We were in church."
"I mean I hope the pastor was using that story to illustrate something else. Jesus was not talking about a house. God isn't concerned with houses and things. He's interested in our hearts and our behavior. Billy, will you read Hebrews 3:6, then Becky if you will read second Corinthians 5:1 and 2, and finally Jackie if you will read first Peter 2:4 and 5. Billy, are you ready?"
"Yes Miss Potter. 'For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.' Miss Potter? Is this saying we're a house? Like the house I live in?"
"I'll answer that in a moment Billy. Are you ready to read Becky?"
"Yes Miss Potter. 'For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.' I'm sorry Miss Potter. I didn't do too good. Some of the words were big and I don't know how to read that good yet."
"You did fine Becky. Jackie, do you have your verses ready?"
"I think so Miss Potter. 'To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.' Miss Potter? Are we rocks? I think this said we're bricks in a house. Did I read right? I think I didn't read good."
"You did just fine Jackie. You're right, the Bible said we're like precious stones that God is using to build Himself a new house with, a Temple where He can live by way of the Holy Spirit. Let's all turn now to Ephesians 4:11 to 16 and read together. Are you ready? Alright, let us read."
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."
"That was a hard one Miss Potter. I don't know what it means. It kind of sounds like the other things we read, but I think it says we're part of a body instead of a house. I think I'm confused."
"No Jimmy, you're not confused. That's exactly what the Bible is telling us. We're all part of the Temple God is building, and that Temple is not built with rocks and bricks like the others were. This Temple is built up of flesh and bone, called a Spiritual body that Jesus is the head of. That's why we call the Church the body of Christ. And all the parts of the body of Christ are to try and be as perfect as He is. Can anybody tell me how these bodies can be Spiritual bodies when we're really just flesh and bones? Yes Peter?"
"I think the pastor said it's because we have a spirit in us that lives forever. Am I right?"
"I won't say anything about that Jimmy, because it might confuse you. But God isn't concerned here with our spirit, but His Holy Spirit. It's His Spirit that will live in us and give us eternal life. You live in a house, right Peggy?"
"I live in a house Miss Potter. But the house I used to live in got old and my momma and daddy tore it down and builded a new house. They said the old house couldn't stay there if we wanted a new house. I liked the old house too, but I like the new house better now."
"That's right Peggy. And like your old house, God has to tear down this old house of flesh so that He can build His house of Spirit in it's place. What would happen if your parents tried to use the old pieces in your new house? Yes Ralph?"
"I don't think it would work too good Miss Potter. I saw some old wood from an old house and it was all rotty looking."
"That's right children, even though we like this old person we are now because we're used to it, and we might fight to keep some of the old parts of it we like, God said it all has to come down so He can make His new house perfect and beautiful. Bobby, would you read Luke 5:36 to 39 for us, and Lucy would you read Isaiah 64:6 please?"
"And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.' Is that what you meant when you said we like our old self better than our new self Miss Potter?"
"Yes Bobby. If we try to mix old things with new, we try and resist the new things. You see this with your grandparents. I imagine that all of you have seen your grandparents complain about the new music or the clothes or something because it doesn't fit what they've grown up to like."
"My granma doesn't like my computer Miss Potter. She said it's a devil."
"And that's not at all unusual Leroy. I would venture to say that your grandparents had parents who didn't like what they were doing either. Now, are you ready to read Lucy?"
"Yes Miss Potter. 'But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.' Miss Potter? It sounds like God is saying everything good we so is no good at all. Can't I do anything good?"
"There's nothing we can do good enough to please God. That is why He has to cleanse every bit of our will, our desires and our selfishness out of us before He can come and live with us. Do you understand this children?"
"Not really Miss Potter. But maybe if God cleans me some more and I wash behind my ears I'll understand it better."
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