Significant Strangers

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Hello fellow teachers and happy Palm Sunday!

I want to share a quick word with you this week about how important you are to the body of Christ.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel pretty insignificant myself, knowing in my spirit that it’s a lie, but thinking it and feeling it nonetheless. How about you?  This is to be expected though, because we are strangers and our citizenship is not here but in heaven…

Hebrews 11:13-16

All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.

Philippians 3:20

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A while back, I posted a video blog about the thoughts of life and the life of thoughts. Sometimes our thought life spirals out of control whenever “life” doesn’t go our way. Whether it’s something someone said, or didn’t say (both on a professional and personal level), that wasn’t nice, or we just don’t think we measure up to others in our profession – whatever the reason, human nature takes over and our thoughts can run a muck.

If that’s you, then I want to encourage and remind you of just how significant you are. Your sphere of influence is greater than you think, even when you don’t choose to believe it, dear teachers.  If we think about it, since we have many students under our tutelage, there is a multiplication effect, which in turn has a reverberating effect that can last a lifetime and eternally.  And, just because something isn’t going well in one or two different areas of our lives, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things going better. Since we seem to forget, a shift in focus would do us well.  Amen?

Therefore, considering we are in the home stretch of our school year and we can become weary to say the least, I want to remind you of where we are on the Christian calendar.  If our mindsets need shifting, let’s shift those thoughts to what the Easter season is all about… what our Lord and Savior Jesus did for us. download (16)

Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a lowly donkey. Think about that a minute. Here he is, the King of Kings on a colt (no chariot with royal guards) .  What King have you ever heard of who does that? Kings enjoy pomp and circumstance, but not the Savior of the world.  He made himself of no reputation, being humble and lowly. When we think we are not important, Jesus put Himself in our shoes.  He knows how we feel. I think He would say to us, It doesn’t matter how you feel… you are loved and you are an important part of ministering to a sin sick, dark world.  Get up! Dust yourself off!

Even riding in on a donkey, Jesus shook it up didn’t He?!  Read John chapter 12. Check out the scene that took place that day.  The large crowd is also interpreted as a multitude, and the multitude ran to meet Him, praising Him, knowing Him to be the King of Glory!

We, likewise, shake things up for Him in our classrooms each and everyday.  We can’t know Him, be filled with His Spirit, and NOT shake up the world we our apart of each day.  It’s impossible! Therefore, dear Christian teachers, we never ever should believe we are not important to the body of Christ.  We are!  Period.

May we go accordingly and shake up our worlds this week as significant strangers my fellow teachers, doing it all for Him because of what He has done, and continues to do, for us.  God be praised! Stay devoted and blessings to you and your students during this holiest of weeks.

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