“Therefore we also have as our ambition,
whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.”
(2 Corinthians 5:9, NASB)
As many of you know, our Annual Upper School Retreat is a time where we are able to bond and have lots of fun as an upper school with activities, such as zip lining, climbing the rock wall and even canoeing! However, we also take a break from all the fun and have the time to listen to some of our teachers and Mrs. Collins talk to us about Scripture. They help show us how we can take Scripture and apply it to our own lives.
This year, we talked about as Christians, how we should act in order to please God and show Him how much we truly love Him. There are two things that we must examine as we seek to grow in our relationship with God. First, we must examine our actions to see if they align with what God asks of us. Proverbs 13:21 (NASB) says, “Adversity pursues sinners, but the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.” This means that when we choose not to follow the path of God, we will be faced with hardships. However, when we submit to his will, He will reward us. For example, when we disobey our parents, we are also disobeying God because He calls us to obey our parents. When this happens, we usually get punished and face these hardships that Proverbs talks about. In order to know how to follow God, we much first know and understand the commands that He has given us in the Bible.
The second thing we need to do to grow in our relationship with God is examine our hearts.
“Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9, NASB) Our hearts should want to be pleasing God all the time as it says in this verse. We should always be trying our hardest to do this. But why? Because God, the Creator of the universe has created us in His image and has shown an amazing amount of love and forgiveness toward us. The ultimate example of this love and forgiveness is Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. Because of this, we should truly want to give this love back to God. This applies to everyone, from Kindergarten all the way up through high school. Loving and honoring God can be seen in everyday things, such as obeying your parents right away with a good attitude when they ask you to clean up the house, or following Christ’s example of being a servant leader by offering to help your friend with something before you focus on yourself.
These are just a few examples of commands that God has given us in the Bible that we can apply to our lives to help us grow closer to God. I challenge all of you to look at your relationship with God and find ways that you can love and honor Him daily.
As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.
This week’s presentation was given by Taylor, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).
Posted on October 3, 2016
by Leslie Collins filed under