Where I live school is back in session, the buses are running, lunches are being packed and school traffic is back on the road. Some are glad, but if I were to take a guess most are not, but it is a part of life. The Bible encourages us to glorify God in whatever we do (1 Cor. 10:31), which means, when it comes to school we are to glorify God. But how? How can we bring glory to God this school year? Let me issue you a threefold challenge for this school year.
Bring Glory to Christ in Your School Work
Every student breathes a great big sigh, but let me encourage you to work hard at developing study habits. By developing good study habits you will become a person who works hard at school work because good study habits are traits that follow a studier. Paul exhorts the Colossians by saying,
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.(Col 3:23-24)
What Paul is saying is bring glory to God in your school work, do it heartily, with excellence. But look at the why? To get a good grade, that will be a benefit, but Paul says to do so because in doing so you will receive a reward from the Lord because you are serving Him as Lord and bringing Him glory. So glorify Christ in your school work.
Bring Glory to Christ in Your Conduct
When I reminisce about my days back in school, elementary, jr. high, high school or college, there were plenty of opportunities to act sinfully foolish. I can imagine those opportunities still exist and are multiplied by the technology available to us. Remember the Apostle Peter, the guy who cut off a soldiers ear when they came for Christ, the man who denied Jesus when he was arrested and the man who was restored and preached one of the greatest sermons ever on the day of Pentecost. Here is what Peter has to tell you,
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct (1 Pet. 1:14-15)
Notice what Peter calls Christians, obedient children. What does that imply? I have four kids and in order for them to be obedient children they have to know what I want them to accomplish. Peter calling Christians obedient children implies they know the Bible. You cannot be obedient to God if you do not know what he requires of you. Part of bringing glory to Christ in your conduct is dusting off your Bible and reading it to know what the Lord requires.
Peter goes on to say do not conform or do not be molded by your former passions. Have you ever played with clay? What did you use to make with it? You see clay is moldable, you can make whatever your heart desires. You know what you are moldable, as believers we should want to be molded by the hand of God and his Word not our former desires or lusts, not ungodliness and definitely not by pop culture. Peter says do not be guided by your former ignorance, which in essence he is saying, do not live the life you used to live when you didn’t know any better, you know better now, so do what is right.
How do we know better now?
Because the one who has called you, saved you, chose you is holy. So you must be holy in all your conduct. It is definitely a high calling but the Lord has not left you an orphan, he has empowered by His Spirit to live out this holy life. The God who has called you is the same God who walks with you and gives you the power to obey him for his glory.
Bring Glory to Christ by Sharing Christ
Finally, bring glory to Christ this year by sharing Christ to people in your school. Before Jesus departed this earth, he gave every Christian a mission, go and make disciples. Christians are still required to be on mission today. Here is what Peter says,
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Pet. 3:15)
Can you imagine the denying Peter writing this verse? Probably not, but the Lord did a work in Him and put the Holy Spirit in him, as he has done to every Christian. You may have some fear, you may be weak kneed, but pray for courage and then share Christ. Do you want to honor Christ? If so, Peter says then be prepared to give an answer about Christ. Do you think the night Peter denied Christ he was prepared to give an answer? Probably not and it is probably why he encourages us to be prepared, ready to share Christ at any moment so we can honor Him by doing so. Notice how we are to share Christ, with gentleness and respect.
Students there are three goals for you this year, bring glory to Christ in your school work, in your conduct and by sharing him with others.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria