John 2:17-His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me (NIV).”
I doubt that Andrew, Nathaniel, Philip or Peter (especially Peter!) were any different than most children. They were probably nuisance toddlers and teenagers that parents wanted to leave at home because they made smart-aleck comments all the way through the service. However someone started them on the right road so that when their eyes opened to Jesus, they had some background knowledge
How else would the disciples know about Psalm 69:9?
For zeal for your house consumes me and the insults of those who insult you fall on me (NIV).
And that bit of knowledge helped them.
John 2:22- After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken (NIV).
What if no one had ever given them a ride to synagogue, or took them to youth group or just insisted that they show up for service? What if no one had ever been Jesus ‘with skin on’ for them…until they found the Real One for themselves?
We are told that today’s generation is harder to reach because they have little or no Bible background. Each of us can start somewhere, with someone so the next generation will not be unreachable for Christ. Never discount your efforts on Christ’s behalf.
Prayer- Lord, give us a vision of what our every small action is doing for the kingdom. Amen
Brenda J Wood