Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

The Heart of the Servant

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"Then they will cry to the Lord, but He will not hear them; He will even hide his face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds" (Micah 3:4).

God loves all his children no matter who they are or what they will become and He gives everyone according to their heart.

Some chose not to be with the Lord; they chose the earthly life. Consequently, their reward becomes "earthly" until they become dust again. But others chose to have a loving heart and be like Jesus Christ, whose reward becomes heavenly.

The Sunday school year is starting, and we need to remind ourselves of our responsibilities toward these children and the importance of serving out of love.

As a Sunday school servant of Christ, whether you are in church, in the street, at home, in the place of work or wherever you go, there must be no separation between one's life and one's ministry.

When you decide to commit to serving God, you need to put in mind that Sunday school requires two important elements

  • Love for the ministry
    • Serve God at any time and in any place
    • Have a relationship with God on a daily basis
    • Recognize your need to be filled up with the Holy Spirit to guide you before starting your ministry
    • Examine yourself constantly to find out what your ministry lacks and work on it through prayer and action
    • Fast and pray for your ministry and your colleagues in Sunday school and for God to help you and guide you

  • Love those to whom you minister
    • Be a role model to them
      • Silent preaching: Children will learn the love of others, honesty, faithfulness, sacrifice, cheerfulness, meekness, humbleness without saying a word to them.
      • Your words and acts should come from your heart if you want it to touch the children's heart
    • Pray for them during the week
    • Spend time during the week preparing for your lesson and find different ways to make it:
      • Address your point and achieve the goal for the lesson
      • Easy to understand
      • Interesting to remember
    • Visit them occasionally
    • Never neglect those who are absent, for they are your responsibility in front of God
    • Find different opportunities to teach and serve them
    • Be concerned as to whether your lessons help your children learn or not; ask questions and let them express themselves

Finally remember that these children are our responsibility in front of God and one day we will be judged in heaven for our performance and commitment to bring these innocent lives to the Lord. May the Lord grand us wisdom and a heart to be able to fulfill His will.

Written by
Nagwa Abdou

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