Our two-fold objective is to glorify God and make disciples. Jesus said, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:8)
Every Sunday school worker must see this as a work in a vineyard. The worker must plant and water, but God must provide growth, sunshine and fruit. We cooperate with God in this work, and He is the ONLY source of blessing. We can plant seeds, water them, and seek to train and teach the children in Sunday schools, but unless the sun shines, unless God causes growth, there can be no fruit. There can be results, but not fruit. Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Therefore, we consider this as a “work of faith and labor of love”. We place our faith in God to bring blessing on our efforts, since we are not the source of blessing. We work hard, yet trust God. “For we are God’s fellow workers;” (1 Cor. 3:9). At the same time, we need to pray for these blessings. Jesus promised to answer our prayers as long as the aim of our prayer is to bring glory to the Father (John 14:13).
“The fruit of the Spirit is love” (Gal. 5:22). Scriptures teach that fruit is also winning lost souls (Rom. 1:13), holiness (Rom. 6:22), giving (Rom. 15:28), good works (Col. 1:10), and praise to God (Heb. 13:15). Love, however, will lead to all these other graces. Therefore, we must be rooted and grounded in God’s love for us, for “we love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Our love is always a response to God’s love for us and His love for others, but not the source. “God is love,” and His love expressed through us brings glory to our Father. Our first objective, therefore, is to bring glory to the Father by bearing the fruit of the Spirit, which is love.