We now arrive at part 3 on our journey towards making 2016 the best year ever. Before introducing it, let’s take a look back at steps 1 and 2…
What do you believe He could be more passionate about than love? My personal opinion is that the heartbeat of God is for us to (unveil step #3) SHARE JESUS. After all, if we love Him and love others, then it’s only logical that we will share Jesus with the world, right?!
The question then becomes a most important one, because after all, we are teachers in (I hate to say it) the Godless institution of public, government run schools. So here’s the question: Just how do you share Jesus in the classroom? Matthew 5 is God’s answer to this pickle of a question!
It would be remiss of me to only quote this one verse as the whole chapter itself addresses just how we can share Him not only in the classroom, but life in general. In order to keep the blog post a reasonable length though, I am going to focus on Matthew 5:1-16. I want to encourage you to read the whole chapter as it helps us all to step it up a notch when it comes to sharing Jesus.
Matthew 5 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Sermon on the Mount
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so thatthey may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
The beatitudes show us how to be in our attitudes. Does our general outlook on life reflect Christ? Does our behavior, permeating from our attitude, reflect the behavior of Christ? People can tell. Our students can tell!
Therefore, perhaps we should perform a quick exercise examining ourselves and our attitudes. On a scale from 1-10, let’s rate ourselves on each of Jesus’ admonitions from verses 3-10 one at a time…
Am I poor in spirit?
Do I mourn?
Am I meek?
Do I hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Am I merciful, pure in heart, a peacemaker?
Am I persecuted for righteousness sake, just like Jesus was and still is to this day?
Our attitude and behavior is the light that shines in verse 16. Thus, we are sharing Jesus when we put our feet to Matthew 5, and, I might add, sharing it brightly before our students! Gotta love it! Praise the Lord!
I have one other quick suggestion before closing the blog post for today. When we are scurrying about in our day to day lives, one way to share Jesus whenever we see someone in need, whatever it may be, is just by asking them a simple question like this: “Pardon me, I noticed you are having a hard time (or you look like you need a little help – whatever the situation calls for) and I’m a Christian, is there something I can help you with?” This question/statement gives us an open door to witness for Christ whether they say yes or no. If they say yes, then usually a short conversation ensues, and they are therefore open to what we have to say. If they say no, we can just encourage them with the simple statement “Ok, God loves you!” or “Ok, God bless you!”
Next week we will take a look at the final step in making 2016 the best year ever. Until then, love God, love others, and share Jesus! God bless you and stay devoted to Him. You will be a more excellent teacher for it.