Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day
Contemplations of God’s Love
At Child Evangelism Fellowship, we employ a certain methodology for sharing the Gospel with children. This methodology is designed to help focus on some of the central teachings of scripture, such as God’s love, mankind’s sin and Christ’s death and resurrection. Christians are often familiar with these great truths. It is good to think upon them, be moved by them and be reminded of them over and over again.
Yet rather than leading to delight in God, sometimes such familiarity breeds indifference.
Take an example from my life. I love mountains. I love the majestic beauty of the mountains and whenever I’m near them I feel closer to God. But for two summers I worked at a camp in the mountains. It was beautiful. For the first few weeks each summer I would stand and stare in awe. I would rejoice in God’s creation and praise Him for his creativity and my capacity to appreciate it. But the weeks lengthened to months and by the end of the summer I could walk outside and stare right at those majestic mountains and not even think twice. They became mere background, ordinary, normalized. The wonder I had at looking at the mountains when I first arrived had turned to indifference.
The Bible is filled with wonders—wonders far more amazing than mountains. But sometimes we hear these wonders so frequently they cease to have any significant meaning. This normalization of the wonders of God can lead to apathy in the Christian walk.
Take the truth of God’s love for example. You have probably heard that God loves you. You might tell your children about God’s love or share it with friends and neighbors. You might teach it in church and read about it in Scripture or a blog post. But do you still allow yourself to be moved by the very fact of it? Does the truth of God’s love for you so saturate your thinking that you can’t help but be changed by it? I know it doesn’t in me—not like it should.
In a world where people are constantly bombarded with false teachings and self-centered lifestyles, you have to consciously decide to fight the apathy and remember what you already know. God loves you! His love is beyond your wildest imagination. His love is perfect, beautiful and good. Remember! Remember God’s love and do not let the memory lead to apathy but let it lead you back to Christ.
As Paul prayed for the Thessalonian church, I pray for you, “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5).