“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).
Have you ever wondered about these two constructs: learning and achievement? As teachers, you most certainly strive to prepare lessons and deliver information in a meaningful way. Moreover, you readily scaffold your students’ initial attempts to build background knowledge and help develop a deeper level of understanding for the subject being taught. The outcome of your instruction is that learning leads to achievement.
Yet, students can learn the value of being a team player but not achieve the skills necessary to play extracurricular sports. Students can learn the value and importance for the arts but not achieve the skills necessary to play an instrument, compose music, or create an impactful piece of art. Young adults can learn about the value of money but not have the financial acumen to achieve wealth. So, what is the point?
The point is your instruction is meshed with God’s Word. You teach that Jesus Christ, True Man and True God, was perfect and without sin! You teach that Jesus achieved something for us that we could not do – wash away our sins! Because of Jesus, we have achieved the resurrection of our bodies and life everlasting with Him. You teach because of what God has achieved, through Jesus, we are redeemed and restored as His very own.
As Christian teachers, you remind your students daily about Jesus’ achievement. What Jesus achieved for us brings peace, comfort and joy for the believer. In a world that is counter-Christian, the most important instruction to help you students achieve in life is that Christian instruction grounded and rooted in God’s Word. For this instruction is the very means by which the Holy Spirit has opportunity to inculcate in the hearts of your students a love for Jesus.
We constantly thank God for Christian schools and Christian teachers.
Our prayer is that God grant you and your students a safe and blessed finish to your school year.