Here we are…
The school year is rapidly coming to a close, and we are concluding the series Fruit Frenzy as well. Time flies! Amen? This will be the last blog post of the 2016-17 school year, so if you will take the time and allow me to present one item of business before we dive into today’s topic, I would be ever so grateful…
I am praying about whether or not to continue the blog next year as God may be leading me in another direction. I would love your feedback as to whether Devotions For Teachers encourages you in your calling to teach. I have added a contact form below. Please let me know what you think as your thoughts matter to me! The feedback you provide will remain private as these comments will not be posted on the blog for viewers to see. Thanks so much in advance.
Now back to Fruit Frenzy, The Finale!
It’s both fitting and ironic, at least to me, the last two outcomes of the fruit of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 are gentleness and self-control, because although it’s actually when we come to the end of ourselves that we inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5) and the land (Psalm 37:11), it looks as if the world belongs to those who exert their will over others. How can that be?
I submit to you, based upon God’s word, the world’s beliefs are a false reality.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
Gentleness translated is meekness. Meekness is power under control – our power, our will, under God’s control. It’s submitting to God’s will, knowing that He rules and reigns over the heavens and the earth and does according to His good pleasure. He is sovereign!
Meekness is not weakness! When we submit to God’s will, we are strong, because He is strong. Hallelujah!
2nd Corinthians 12:10
In submitting to Him, we not only relinquish control of all things to God, but it gives us self-control as well, in the sense we realize and cry out to God – I can’t do this, but you can. Help me! We don’t have to resist, shake our fists, or run away. We know He can handle it all. We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His will. We know He loves us.
In all circumstances, knowing these things, our role is to submit, trust, believe, rest.
How then, dear teachers, can we apply this in our classrooms and be encouraged?
I don’t know about you, but if you are like me, I continually cry out to God, I can’t do this, but You can. Help me! I’m not saying this to assert in any way, shape, or form that I am a bastion of meekness, ’cause Lord knows I have areas in my life where God is still, in His mercy and grace, working on me.
However, if you knew me like I know me, you would know without a doubt, when it comes to the classroom, I need all the help I can get! Therefore, I am all about meekness and self-control when I stand up in front of my students to teach. This fact doesn’t bother me in the least, because I believe our calling will only be accomplished when we depend completely upon Him.
Also, how often do we consciously say aloud the name of Jesus (in a reverent manner) during the course of our day? There is power in Jesus’ name. There is hope in Jesus’ name. There is strength in Jesus’ name.
One day, every believing and unbelieving knee will bow and every believing and unbelieving tongue will confess the name of Jesus. In the mean time, we teacher believers must confess His name to possess all we need to fulfill our calling as well as for every situation that arises in our classrooms, day in and day out. Yes! Confess and possess….
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!!! There is power in just reading it. Imagine what speaking it out loud throughout our day will do! Sometimes circumstances only allow a whisper, but at other times stating it with power and conviction not only gets our attention, it lets God know we are boldly approaching Him for help!
Meting out meekness in our schools, whether it’s in the hallway, classroom, gym, or cafeteria, will produce blessings we will not otherwise receive if we don’t bend our knees and our wills to God. God is looking for meek teachers, dear friends.
Likewise, as meekness progresses to self-control, victory is just ahead. Remember the analogy in 1st Corinthians 9:25 comparing (us) saints to athletes?…
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Athletes must live a disciplined life. The virtue of self-control is of utter importance when training to win a race. In like manner, we too, as teachers, must discipline ourselves to win the race in our classrooms. It’s not for the weary. It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s for men and women who possess control – control of self.
We are in it to win it. We win by disciplining ourselves to be the best teachers in our schools’ classrooms. Christian teachers ought to be the best all around teachers. Our standards should exceed what is expected. Period. Amen.
Let’s inherit the land. The land of the school house is vitally important!
God bless you. I pray you have a wonderful summer break. Abide in the vine, and experience a fruit frenzy, dear teachers.
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