No Greater Joy

“Guess what I have to do for class?” my son Tim commented to me as I picked him up from school one Monday afternoon. “I have to give a speech on Thursday. The teacher says we need to choose a topic that we strongly believe in — something we really want others to know about.” The sound of his voice and the look on his face already gave me the answer, but I asked the question anyway. “Are you going to talk about Jesus . . . about the gospel?” His answer was affirmative.

Over the next few days, it was so cool to see his passion and excitement for this assignment. Tim considered it an opportunity to share his faith in Christ with his classmates and teacher, and he wanted to do it well. He discussed ideas with us, and we listened enthusiastically as he rehearsed the speech. A post went on his Facebook page asking friends to pray. The speech went well and has led to some friends asking more about his beliefs.

The elderly Apostle John said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4). For a Christian parent, there is no greater joy than seeing God work in the lives of your kids. John may have had children of his own but it is safe to say his 1st-century letter is referring to spiritual offspring — people he had a chance to impact because of the power of God in his life. Let’s take a few moments to look around at the people we know, see what the Lord is doing in their lives, and joyfully give thanks to Him!

by Tim Bruns, Pastor of Children’s Ministries