By All Means

Christ's love compels us

I wrote the words of my pastor on the notes page of my Bible, “The world is crying out, ‘Show me an example of Christ’s love.’” Though that was years ago, the words are still true of the world today. Our world is crying out to us as believers to show them an example of Christ’s love. Sometimes those cries are as loud as ever, and sometimes they come through the soft whisper of a preschooler in your Mission Friends® class.

During the month of August as we teach preschoolers about Jesus as the Christian concept area, we want preschoolers to understand that Jesus helped people because He loved them. Even for our youngest preschoolers, we want them to know that Jesus loves each person. You will see this purpose in the Outcomes for Babies, Ones, and Twos for this month in Mission Friends Leader, page 47. Preschoolers can hear us say those words or sing “Jesus Loves Me,” but to truly understand His love they need to see it demonstrated in our lives. In order to be an example of Christ’s love, His love must be the motivation that we have for teaching preschoolers. In the Bible, Paul speaks about our motivation in 2 Corinthians 5:14: “For Christ’s love compels us.”

To demonstrate Christ’s love, we have to see the needs of others around us. David Crosby encourages us to look at others’ needs in a different way when he says, “What if we saw human need as the opportunity to display the works of God rather than seeing human need as a display of the failures of a person?”1 As you teach Mission Friends this month, take a look at the needs of preschoolers and their families. What are your opportunities to demonstrate Christ’s love through these needs? It may be the needs of a preschooler who is being raised by his grandparents, a preschooler whose family speaks another language, the preschooler who is known as the “bad kid,” or the preschooler who has a new baby sister or brother at home. All of these are examples of preschoolers who are calling out that they need for you to show them Jesus’ love. Are you aware of the needs of the preschoolers in your care? What is Christ’s love compelling you to do?

Pray: Father, Thank You for loving me by sending Your Son. May Your love be the motivation behind everything I do as I teach preschoolers. Guide me to see the needs of each preschooler, and to see those needs as a way to show Your love to preschoolers in my care. Amen.

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1David Crosby, The Care Effect: Unleashing the Power of Compassion (Birmingham, AL: New Hope Publishers, 2016), 45.

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