Heidelbergian Children's Catechism (age 8- 10 years)
Lord's Day 49
The third petition of the Lord’s Prayer says “Your will be done,”
Do you know why you were barn? It was not just because your parents wanted to have a baby. You were barn because the Lord wants you to work for Him. There is a task for you to fulfill while you are living on earth.
You may ask what your task is. As a child, you don’t know yet what you will do with your life. As you grow up, you will find out. It begins to show when you are going to school. One student Iikes math better than reading. Another loves biology; he wants to know more about plants and animals. There are also students who prefer making things, and others like art. The Lord does not make every child the same, and these different abilities are all valuable. Imagine that each one of you wants to become a minister. Or that you all want to work in an office. Or that everyone wants to become a nurse when they grow up. There would not be any bakers or landscapers. And if there were no builders or framers, no houses would be built. It is very good that the Lord gives each person their own task.AII of us together contribute to God’s plan for now and for the future, when the new heaven and the new earth come. Do what you have to do in school, and do it well, because the Lord has a purpose for you. Be faithful and diligent. Look at what the angels do. They are always ready to do what God says. Of course it is fine to make plans when you are young, and also when 11 you are grown up. At the same time, you should consider whether God agrees with your plans. lt’s not always fun to think about what God wants, because sometimes you have to give up your plans. You will find out that it is not easy to want only what God wants! Continue to pray to God that his will be done. Ask the Lord to use you for whatever He wants, bath now and when you are an adult. Remember that God knows best what is good for you to do.