There was a time when I taught Sunday School that I would be frustrated when not many people attended my morning class. I would be encouraged when most of the seats were filled, but get discouraged when only a handful attended. That’s when I felt convicted that my heart was not in the right place.
I was reminded of Luke 15:1-10 where Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep and coin. In these parables, Jesus points out how the focus is on one lost sheep, one lost coin. The man doesn’t say, “Oh well, at least I have a pen full of sheep.” The woman doesn’t say, “Oh well, at least I have a bag full of coins.” Yet my attitude had me focusing on a room full of people.
In these two parables, the man and the woman focus on the one that is lost. They search until they find. My heart change meant I needed to focus on who was there for my Sunday School lesson not how many. With that revelation I reminded myself before each class that I would be content if only one person attended because that was who God brought to me that morning.
A few weeks after my change of heart, I had only one person attend my class. I waited until a few minutes after the start time, then looked at this person and said, “Well, I guess it’s just you and me this morning.” He looked uncomfortable, so I sat down next to him and began the lesson. A few minutes later he began to reveal what was on his heart and we ended up having a very good conversation about faith in Christ. If the room was full of people, I don’t think we would’ve had our talk.
It’s still hard for me not to focus on the numbers, but that incident that Sunday serves as a strong reminder to me about what is important to God.
© 2020 CGThelen
And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’” – Luke 15:31-32 (NASB)