I love teaching the CCF Interns each week. I try to make it a priority to be well prepared for the two hour class every Wednesday.
This week’s is especially important since I missed the class last week. That means we have a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time. As I prepared my lesson, I became increasingly aware of my own personal need to spend more quality time with God. I did in a small way on Sunday, but on Monday morning I woke up with an upset stomach. I wasn’t even sure for awhile if I was going to make it (ok, that is an exaggeration but you know what I mean!). But I did and even got a little study on the Gospels done on Monday evening. Is it only me or is it getting harder and harder to give God reserved and uninterrupted time?
I got up this morning and proceeded to get sick even more (I’ll spare you the details), but it was in this condition I felt convicted to give God more and better time in prayer and interacting with His Word. I began to feel better in the afternoon but this conviction is still fresh in my mind.
And that brings me to tomorrow’s Intern class. The Gospels are so powerful and focused on God’s greatness and Christ’s worthiness. The Book of Acts records the impact of the central event of the Gospels – the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. That impact will last for eternity – because Jesus is the foundation we’re building on. I want these Interns to know the importance of building on the appropriate foundation with the appropriate things. I have the knowledge but my conviction led me to dip back into the Word not just as a teacher but as a learner at the feet of The Master.
And all it took to slow me down enough to spend more time with God was an upset stomach.