Dear Christian educators,
In our world today we typically associate humbleness and gentleness with weakness when the opposite quite true. In this world, we push and shove to get our way, but those who are Christ-followers are learning to be like Him. Jesus is the Gentle Shepherd. Who is more powerful than He? Jesus is the Humble Servant? Who is more important than He? I just love how Jesus turns the world's ways upside down and shows us how we ought to be.
Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!
Ephesians 4:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)Unity in the Body of Christ
4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
I love how Micah 6:8 lays out what is important for us. "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." In our school communities, we need humble servants who treat the children with gentleness. Christian educators have the heart of Jesus and when we seek to represent Jesus we have a heart to do things His way. When it seems impossible to be gentle in a hostile environment, remember that Paul was writing Eph. 4:1-2 from prison. Now that's not a place where we would look for gentleness for sure. Let us be mindful of situations at school where we can turn the issue from hostility to gentleness with humility. With consistency, they will come to see that you are real and then you have the opportunity to tell them how Jesus is working with you.
You have called us to public education. Thank You Lord. Help us to walk in a manner worthy of this calling and do it with humility and gentleness, with patience while bearing with one another in love. Lord, it sounds so impossible on a day-to-day basis because life happens. Jesus set us such an amazing example of walking in humility and gentleness. He reached out to the marginalized and outcasts and came to serve. You are the Gentle Savior and the Humble Lord. We ask that Your will be done in our schools and we know that Your Word is our lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path. Show us how to be humble with great gentleness. It is not something we can attain on our own, but the Holy Spirit makes all things possible. Thank You in advance Lord for Your conviction and power. We ask for this in the Humble and Gentle Name of Jesus. Amen.
The CIPE Team