It doesn't take very long until you recognize the class clown in the group. He's not really naughty he just likes to cut up, and enjoys every bit of attention he receives.
Sometimes it can feel a little like you pour yourself into the task of teaching without ever seeing any results, but last night I got a question that took me off guard and almost took my breath away.
I was in the middle of an explanation of why Jesus came to earth, and out of the corner of my eye I saw his hand shoot up. This child has asked me pretty much every question you could think of, and rarely are they relevant to the lesson, but this time was different.
"How do I get rid of my sin?"
I replied you tell Jesus you are sorry and He takes it away.
"That's it, I don't have to DO anything?"
"No, you just tell him you are sorry for your sin and He cleans your heart."
"Wow, that's cool."
The look in this child's eyes told me that rarely is anything in his life that simple. I know that some of these children come from hard situations, but his exuberance over the simplicity of salvation knocked me off my feet.
He went on to say he was going to go home and pray that prayer, and exclaim several more times how easy it sounded.
I've experienced salvation personally and I don't know why, but I've lost sight of how simple and amazing it is. It took a third grader to remind me.