“For you are all children of light, children of day.
We are not of the night or of the darkness.”
1 Thessalonians 5:5
I was caught off guard this past Summer when I was asked to teach one of the several Bible Studies offered by our Women’s Ministry at our church. Although I have been in leadership for several years and have taught a lesson or two, I have never flown solo. In a moment of what I can only describe as Holy Spirit filled courage I said, YES!”
I spent the weeks following in a cycle of panic and faith. My relationship with Christ however, could not have been more intimate. I was constantly on my knees baring my soul. All of my concerns of feeling unworthy and unqualified were gently quashed by His amazing grace.
For the last 10 weeks I facilitated Beth Moore’s Children of the Day Bible Study. I stood up each week wrecked inside with nerves but taught with authority in Christ led by the Holy Spirit. It was such an incredibly amazing and humbling experience.
I don’t believe it to be a coincidence at all that my first solo teaching experience was based on books of the Bible authored by Paul. I was continually reminded of how God used Paul, a man who once took the lead in murdering Christians, to give instructions on how we are to live as Children of God. It helped knowing even though I have a shady past, God sacrificed his only son so that my sins would be forgiven and he could, in fact, use me to teach others.
I grew in my walk with Christ alongside some wonderful, God-fearing women. We discussed mobilized ministry, prophecies, hindrances, spiritual gifts, and the man of lawlessness among other topics. It was such an honor each and every week to get an opportunity to remind them, and myself, we no longer live in darkness because we are children of light.
The women in my class encouraged me every step of the way with their words of affirmation. I in turn gave all the glory to God because, well, there is no way in this world I was able to lead on my own strength. I was vulnerable, confident and completely dependent on God.
In the words of Beth Moore: