Extracurricular school events are fun to watch. If we have a family member that participates in such an event, that event becomes even more interesting and brings about a heightened sense of interest. Whether that event is an athletic, musical, play, or pageant, each event brings about a sense of individual or collective competitiveness and desire to perform at one’s best. Each one of these events and others necessitate individual or team preparation so as to remain fit to perform at one’s best.
Even with the best of preparation though, we are not guaranteed that the outcome of that event will bring victory or success. And, as we take this reality into our classrooms on a daily basis, we must ask ourselves, “Are we preparing appropriately to deliver Christian instruction and ward off the devil each day?” And we should further ask, “Are we attending worship and partaking in the Lord’s Supper frequently?” “Are we regularly attending Bible study?” Are we regularly praying with and for colleagues and students?” “Are we taking time to read and reflect on God’s Word each day?” Like me, the answer to all four questions would most likely be, “No.” The need, interest and desire are certainly there; however, daily schedules often deter our efforts. In times like these, we are forgiven.
Jesus performed with perfection! Our performance is riddled with miscues and shortcomings. Jesus overcame every stumbling block as He took our sins to the cross. We succumb to stumbling blocks and return to the Cross for forgiveness. Jesus fulfilled the Law and His Father’s will willingly and perfectly. We, on the other hand, willfully disobey our Heavenly Father succumb to our own selfish nature and interests.
Our Lord, Jesus constantly intercedes on our behalf. That grace has to bring relief to you and me. As Peter reminds us, “He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). We can be assured of God’s mercy, grace, and love because of Jesus. We can take comfort knowing our eternal victory is anchored in Jesus’ victory over sin, death, and the devil. As Paul reminds Timothy to repeatedly confess Jesus, we, too, confess Jesus, live that Christian faith and walk and daily receive strength from God’s Spirit that began in us at our Baptisms. You do not fight alone!
Dr. Jon Mielke, Superintendent of Lutheran Schools