This week, my 7th grade class read the chapter where the children first learn of Aslan. Mr. Beaver tells the children that Aslan is good, but not safe. Lucy is consumed with wanting to save Mr. Tumnus, to which the beavers explain, Only Aslan can save Mr. Tumnus.
I stopped the reading after that conversation to remind the students that Aslan is a picture of Christ, and how He is the only one who can save. But then I asked, Does Aslan use the children to help fight, to regain Narnia, and does He call them to be part of the plan of restoration? Of course, He does.
So I asked the students, If you truly believed the world could be restored back to perfection, would you want to be part of that plan? My heart was moved by the faces of some of the students: genuine excitement at the thought. They nodded and gave verbal affirmation. Yes! Of course! That would be cool!
“That’s what salvation is!” God is restoring the earth, one person at a time. Sure, only Christ can complete it, but He chooses to begin the redemption in and through us, and He is going to finish what He has begun. I want these kids to see salvation in a new way, possibly a way they haven’t considered. They know they are sinners, that Jesus loves them, and that He died on the cross. It’s the Good News. Salvation is a paradox of simplicity and complexity. It’s wonderful and awesome (in the true sense of these words). So many students know these facts, but they don’t know Jesus on an intimate level.
I so deeply want these kids to feel, see, know, understand the grandeur of Jesus, of salvation, of the big picture. And I truly want them to see that they are part of the plan. It’s not just about them. It’s not about giving up bad music, or wearing a tie. It’s about God, through Jesus Christ, restoring the world back to perfection. Making all things new.
When we think of our lives as part of this plan, it can transform because we are seeing our lives through God’s eyes, through the heart of Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God is calling us to be part of the restoration. And He promises to finish what He starts.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.