Director of the Bible Adventure/CIA Program
John 15:15 – “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
I received this report from one of our teachers for our CIA Middle School program this week. It reminded me that we need to make the most of every opportunity because our days are evil” (Eph. 5:16), and students are hungry for the truth now!
“I was teaching this passage to high school students today at our Joy El “CIA” (Christians In Action) Club. I was pointing out in typical “old guy” fashion how it might be hard to grasp the relevance of this verse in our society. We all expect to have a say in our work. Seemingly, gone are the days when the boss said, “Do it,” and employees did it without questioning.
Of course, that kind of loyalty to the boss means that we trust in his knowledge of how the job should be done, why it needs to be done and the profitability of the work. Many employees today think that they know better than the boss. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t.
But let’s bring the illustration back to the Lord. While He does call us friends and lets us in on His plans, we still need to trust Him. We need to know that His ways are best for His glory, for the kingdom and for us. He’s not looking for our opinion on how things should be done. He’s looking for our faithful obedience. Is it possible that our anxiety is caused by the fact that we servants want to have a say in the plans of the Lord? The lesson really seemed to land with the kids. I am so grateful that we were able to get it in before the “break.” We’re praying that the Lord will really keep it fresh in their hearts and minds.”
I am so grateful for our faithful teacher volunteers as they pour into the student’s lives every week in Bible Adventure and CIA! What a blessing!