Back in high school and college, I was a percussionist. I loved being a percussionist because I learned to play many different instruments. From a large concert bass drum to the delicate vibraphone, from the loud crashing cymbals to the quiet shaking of the maracas, each instrument had its own unique sound, technique, and specific usefulness. Each instrument was available to me when I needed it and, most of the time, in good working order ready for use.
In our story this week, Philip received an instruction, and he was willingly obedient. “An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: ‘Get up and go …’ so he got up and went … ” (Acts 8:26-27). Philip was ready and willing to be used by God as His instrument to share the gospel with the Ethiopian official; and because of Philip’s willingness, God changed the life of the Ethiopian official as he was baptized and began to follow Jesus.
Having a plan is a good and necessary part of life and ministry, especially in kids ministry. Each of us can and should be ready to do whatever He asks of us whenever He asks. Sometimes this may mean putting down our lesson plan when we observe the Holy Spirit working in a child’s life. Of course, this is predicated on our being on the lookout for and sensitive to what God is doing around us. As you prepare this week, ask God to help you be sensitive to what He is doing in the lives of the children you serve. When you ask a question in class, listen both to the child’s answer and to the Holy Spirit’s direction. God desires for us to be willing and available instruments in His hands.
In my previous church staff position, I had a box of instruments handy which I would take out from time to time and let preschoolers play them. They loved playing these small percussion instruments. This week might be a good week for you to pull out some music instruments or make your own during class as you teach the children you serve about how God used Philip to change the Ethiopian official’s life.
Jeremy Carroll (@jermpc) is the team leader for The Gospel Project for Kids. Before coming to LifeWay, he has been active in local church ministry for nearly 20 years in TN, TX, and AL. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Middle Tennessee native, he and his family live in Murfreesboro, TN.