Guiding Our Steps

"Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." - Proverbs 22:6

While I was hanging out at Vacation Bible School this week, I was reminded of why I love VBS. One of our teenage helpers (11th grader) asked me a question that one of the children (5th grader) asked her. "What are the names of the two criminals who were crucified with Jesus?" The question made me do a double-take because it's one I haven't heard in a long time. I responded that while the New Testament doesn't offer the names of the two criminals, extra-biblical sources (eg. Book of Nicodemus) offered names that I forgot. So, I shared that I would get back to her (which I did) so she could get back to her young friend (which she did.) Jesus puts it this way in Luke 18:17, "Anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it." Children are active learners and trusting listeners. Children are bold and honest and unafraid to ask questions like "Why?" "Huh?" or "Really?" Receiving the kingdom of God like a child is not possessing blind faith, it's possessing a curious one. It's having a vital, active, and questioning faith. To have faith like a child is to not be afraid (nor embarrassed) to ask questions and seek answers. Friends, may our faith reflect the boldness, honesty, and curiosity of those who are the youngest among us. By the way, do you know the answer to the question? The extra-biblical names of the two criminals associated with the two thieves are Gestas and Dismas. Gestas is the thief, who joined the crowds in mocking Jesus for not saving himself. Dismas is the penitent thief, who rebuked the foolish thief and asked Jesus to "remember" him when Jesus entered into his kingdom (Luke 23:42). Keep reading your Bibles and keep asking the tough questions! Pastor Caleb

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