This morning I participated in “See you at the Pole” at my daughters school. It was encouraging to stand beneath the flag with Christian teachers and students thanking God for our Nation and asking for His grace and patience as well as His wisdom for the next generation of leaders that will rise up from among the students that were standing there today.
As I was about to drive away, a young student caught my eye. She was walking toward the flag pole with her mother and she turned crying realizing that she had missed the event. But then suddenly those same teachers and other students gathered with that student and they approached the pole and began to pray.
I continued on my way to the office and drove by a local school that our church has invested in significantly. One of our staff spends hours each week leading students, encouraging teachers and administrators. The yard under the flag pole was filled with students praying. Cars passing by began to stop and take pictures, some walked up to the group of students to be part of the prayer.
This world, in which we are temporarily living, is hungry for hope, the hope that Jesus Christ brings through those who know Him. Jesus said “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” Jesus was referring to His impending death on a cross that was lifted up on top of the highest hill outside of the city where all could see. This same Jesus who was crucified and arose on the third day continues to draw all people to Himself and He has given us the privilege of being his ambassadors.
My challenge to each of us today is that we surrender or lives anew to the One who was lifted up on a cross, “for it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:19-20) And in Holy surrender to Him, be courageous to stand not only under our flag, but stand in our everyday conversation, at the work place, in our schools, our homes and playgrounds, our churches, and live the truth with the grace and love of our Father. And may we do so knowing that this next generation is earnestly seeking our courage and leadership in this regard.
This weekend at MCC we conclude our “walk” series by celebrated our Academic Minister Bill Stone’s retirement after 50 years in ministry. His message? “This Generation” I look forward to celebrating with you this Saturday @ 5:30 and Sunday @ 10:30. May God bless you today as you walk in obedience to Him. Dave