The Backwards Lesson

A class of kindergartners came into their classroom one morning in the spring, some still talking excitedly as the bell rang. They settled down at their desks and gazed at their teacher as she came to the front of the class.

“Hi everybody! It’s great to be here another day! I’m really excited because now that you’ve all learned your numbers really well up to 20 this year, we’re going to start learning math. I promise you’re really going to have a great time with it.”

“My mom told me about math!” called out one of the girls in the front row. “She said we’ll be adding things to get bigger numbers, like apples or books!”

“Well,” replied the teacher with a smile, “we’re not going to start with addition, actually.”

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Chosen Because of Their Faith

Not only did Jesus come into the world to bring life, to save and to rescue, He also seeks to enlist us in His cause. He ascended into heaven, but His purposes have not concluded.

He is represented in the Parable of the Sergeant by the lieutenant, who informed the troops under his command that others needed rescuing through a difficult mission. The sergeant represents His servants the prophets and apostles, but he could also be any one of us. We also can be among the members of the squad who stood with their leader, who because of their trust are willing to follow his lead.

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