...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:34
I was talking to a good friend of mine this morning about a test that I was giving to my Sunday School Class at the end of the month. As we got into the discussion of the class, I reminded her that we had homework for one of our classes. This discussion lead to a conversation about how interesting it is that when we teach our adult classes, and give them opportunities to jot down their thoughts, questions, concerns, revelations,etc. (you know, homework), they are surprise by it. I think it is so fuuny that even at this stage in our lives that we are still surprise by being given homework. When in reality, homework never stops. Any time you take a class-I don't care what type of class it is, you need to be prepare to have homework; whether it is given to you or you do it on your own. Let me explain.
Homework- work to be done at home. It is assigned to students by their teacher. The sole purpose of a teacher given homework is to reiterate what was taught in the class. It is to give the students an opportunity to practice on what was discussed in class, to ask questions about something they are having difficulty understanding so that the can master the lesson at hand. It is and never has been given to cause stress, anxiety, or to be time consuming.
Homework is not just for the student, it is also for the teacher. It helps us know how the student is comprehending what is being taught. It also helps us to see if we need to come up with more creative ideas to teach a lesson so that everyone has to opportunity to learn and pass the class. A real teacher understands that if one child fails because he/she didn't do everything in their power to teach them, then they have failed also. We are duty bound to find innovative ways to teach each student we have in our class.
When we come to the Lord, we need to expect homework. Being a Christians is a on-going job. There are no office hours because you are on the clock 24hours a day, seven days a week. The bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto the God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Sounds like homework to me! How can we have a relaionship with God, if we don't know Him? How do you know that the message coming across the pulpit is the truth, if you never read your bible? How do you know what you are being taught in Bible Study and Sunday School is the Word of God, if you don't know what God has said?
Don't be so eager to take someone else's word for what God has said in His Word. Study His Word for yourself and develop a relationship with Him . It is the only way to truly know Him and what He desires for you. IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2