Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple and he healed them. But when the chief priest and teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. 

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, 

“From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’ ?” 

And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night. 

Matthew 21:12-17

This week marked the beginning of a new school year. For me I had the privilege of attending two kick off chapels. At the chapels I got to experience singing from all of the kids, one of which was my son who babbled along with the school kids. As I listened I was reminded of Matthew 21:16 where Jesus responds to the teachers of the law complaints about children in the temple courts by quoting Psalm 8,

“Do you hear what these children are saying? they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

“From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called your praise?” 

That verse really hits a spot. We can send our children or grandchildren out the door to school and never give it a second thought. But look at the chapels. Look at the learning in the classroom. God has called children to praise him. That’s their job! We can easily think of school as just another thing to add to our already busy schedules, but in reality it’s not just another thing, it is our children’s vocation. 

After all Jesus did say the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the little ones. (Matthew 19:14) 

So if that is their calling how can we as mentors of their faith equip them? 

First and foremost, pray for them. Pray that God reveals himself to them in their learning. Pray too for their teachers as they instruct them. 

Encourage and encourage some more! Let your child or grandchild know you care about what they are learning and ask them how they spotted God in their learning. 

Pray with them. Praying together and praying for their school and classmates and teachers can show your value of their education and faith. 

I’m sure there are countless other ways to equip your children for their vocation of being a student, I encourage you to do so this week and for the school year! 

 

Here are a few additional ways to encourage your children this week in their learning: 

- Pack an encouraging Bible verse in their lunch (look at the Psalms) 

- Around the dinner table share how each of your children spotted God at work in school.

- Start each day by singing a song of praise at the breakfast table (This is the Day)