First Day of School - the Journey Continues

IMG_3872a So, a not-so-famous tradition appeared once more today in schools across the country…the start of a school year. Parents await it (or most of them, at least!), teachers wonder if they are adequately prepared for it, and students have mixed emotions concerning it. Whatever our feelings about it--here it is and here we go!

I have a few thoughts to share with you as someone who has been the parent who released the child, the teacher who prepared the seating chart, lesson plan and classroom rules, and the student who (in my case) was rearin’ to go because school was where I learned AND where my friends would be!

First, much of what we start in life will ultimately conclude with a degree of finality. Elementary school will end; junior high beckons. Kindergarten promotions are cute; junior high promotions bring tears and often unsettling emotions as high school awaits. Study concludes with tests taken; books read find their way into a report, and hard work sees its results on a report card.

Much of the Christian life, however, has no point of finality. What begins with a conversion experience doesn’t conclude until admission to Heaven. We will never finish learning about Scripture, the deep truths of God, the fullness and majesty of His Bride, the Church of Christ. Solomon tells us to “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning” (Prov. 9:9).

Our character will continue to be developed throughout our lifetimes. Peter admonished his readership to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Grace speaks to a sustaining and sanctifying presence in a believer’s life that demonstrates itself in character and conduct. And we will never “finish” the work of ministry: there will be someone else to share the Gospel with, someone else to mentor or disciple, some other land to evangelize, some other social condition to redeem.

School starts and ultimately finishes…all part of a lifelong journey whose ultimate finish line is drawn by the Savior who has called us, equipped us, and will see us to the end. May your school year be marked not only by growth in areas of academics, but also by the hand of God at work in every aspect of your family.

By Dr. Michael Bruce Foell, Campus Pastor