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It’s Elementary, My Dear Christ-Follower

 -written by Kyndel Pirkle

I’m an elementary school teacher. My job as an educator is to instill basic concepts and foundations of mathematics to my students. This means teaching and reminding students the same principles over and over and over again. I have to master all of the elementary teachings that I drill into my students’ heads. And yet I still sometimes forget the elementary teachings of Christ. For me, the principle I often “forget” is how much my Father loves me, even when I sin.

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I was reminded in my life group while doing a study on the Holy Spirit that “God doesn’t want a good slave who tries really hard. He wants me to know how good of a father He is.” (Forgotten God, Francis Chan). Translation: God is the perfect father who loves me with an unconditional love that far exceeds what any human has seen. This is especially true in my imperfect and sinful nature.

We learn at a young age that God creates and loves us so much, but at times I need to be reminded of this elementary truth. Though the writer of Hebrews is writing to a Hebrew group of people who, at this point, were not trying to understand Christ, I am still challenged by his words:

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. – Hebrews 6:1

I desire to be a mature Christian who longs for Christ above all else, but I need the help of the Holy Spirit to remind me of how much my Savior and Creator loves me.

I want to encourage you that just because you need a refresher on your single digit multiplication tables does not mean that you can’t teach fourth grade math. Likewise, God can still use you to be a mentor to others even when you feel an abundance of inadequacies about your every day walk.

We aren’t called to live a life of solitude. Surround yourself with people who are going to push you to know Christ more so you can move past the elementary teachings.

-Kyndel Pirkle serves in the Fusion ministry and is a first year teacher at Mt. Zion Elementary. She is married to Jesse and they enjoy spending time with friends, visiting new places, and above all pointing each other to Christ.

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  1. This post was very interesting to read. I am a third grade special education teacher, and I too needed to be reminded of this. I need to be reminded that I too sin, and God wants us to remember his elementary teachings of following him. I have to re-teach things in my job every day no matter what it is. It is my job, and I love my students. I want them to thrive, but I do need to remember that as a Christian… God wants us to remember his elementary teachings as well. We often need to be retaught lessons just as my students do.

  2. Kyndel, we have never met but I have enjoyed watching you and Jesse grow in your walk with Christ in your ministry at Southern Hills. You are well on your way to being a mature Christian! Some of us old folks could be taught a lot from your words and actions. We tend to have more of a ‘been there, done that’ attitude and need to be reminded of how much God loves us and how He want us to know and love him more. Keep reminding us, some of us need to go back to the basics and move forward from there. Praying for you and your sweet family. I Timothy 4:12 NLT: Let no one show little respect for you because you are young. Show other Christians how to live by your life. They should be able to follow you in the way you talk and in what you do. Show them how to live in faith and in love and in holy living.

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