John 1:1-5, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
It’s a new slang term. Urban Dictionary says it means: ‘I agree,’ or ‘well said.’
For those of us who are a little old school, word is just a component of speech. In this passage, the Word is powerful.
In human lives, the Word is most powerful when it is etched into the heart. The following story is about words, and the Word.
A wise third grade Sunday School teacher tells a classroom of eight-year-olds to memorize the first 14 verses of the chapter of John; one verse every week. There is a prize—a shiny new Bible—for the first to complete the task.
Everyone in the group starts strong! Before the first class was finished, Shannon, the assistant pastor’s daughter, smiles broadly as she leads everyone in unison: “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
Then life happened. Word.
Rhonda, a child being raised by a single mom, is dropped off for Sunday School sporadically. She memorized the first verse, but her mom caught a cold and they missed a couple of Sundays so by the next time she came, there wasn’t time to catch up.
Max stutters when he recites the verses and the other kids giggle. He is too embarrassed to finish.
Megan, the one in the glasses who always wears a perfect ponytail, finishes first and wins the Bible. Predictable.
About a half dozen kids finish the assignment and memorize all the verses. The Lord etched those words into their hearts to last a lifetime. But even the ones who did not finish, got bits and pieces of engraved on their hearts too. They were all winners.
The wise Sunday School teacher sent these little kids into the world knowing:
- Jesus was the Word and the beginning of everything.
- He was with God before anything was created.
- Everything we see, touch, taste, feel, and know—and all the things we don’t know yet—are made by Him.
- He possesses life and His life is the light of all of us—even the little kids in this classroom.
- When we go to bed in the darkness and when bad things happen, His light shines so we don’t have to be afraid.
- The Word was Jesus, and He came to earth to live not just with grown-ups—but with eight-year-old kids.
- Because Jesus came, when troubles come, we will not be overcome by the darkness.
As these kids age, they are more prepared for troubled times at new stages of maturity. Their responses to trouble are more apt to be healthy resolutions based on the truth of God’s Word instead of spiraling into toxic reactionary shock.
Never underestimate the power of the Word etched onto the heart.
Thought of the day: Bless the volunteers with SV Kids. They are preparing children to know the Word of God and are changing the world in epic ways, one kid at a time. If you want to make an impact on the world, volunteer with SV Kids!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we bless the volunteers and employees who bless our kids, in Jesus’ name. We ask that You give them wisdom and understanding for the little hearts they are reaching. We pray that you give them supernatural insight into their circumstances and meet their needs where they are. We pray that all of the verses they memorize are etched on their hearts for their whole lives as a resource long into adulthood. In Jesus’ name, amen. Word.