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Rob Stirling ThumbnailA great statement of faith is confessing that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Saviour. We are pretty good at knowing what Jesus saved us from and what He saves us to, but we don’t talk about His Lordship as often.

Colossians 1:13-18 says, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into God’s box and the rest. He is Lord over everything, not just worship and Church, but over our workplaces, our relationships, our thoughts, our leisure time and so on. This is one reason why we are committed to distinctly Christian education. Jesus is Lord over our children’s education, just as much as He is Lord over our families, our future, or our eternity.

It is important to understand that our children are our disciples. They are certainly the ones we spend most time with. What seed are we sowing into their lives? Do we stop and pray often and regularly? Do we read God’s word together? What kind of a model am I? What words are coming out of my mouth? What things am I watching on television? Am I allowing fear to rule my life… or faith? What do my words reflect?

All truth is God’s truth, and God’s Word sheds light on our path. Education is not focused on possibilities but on the certainties found in God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 6:5-8 instructs us to provide children with a godly education 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

My problem is that I act as though Jesus is concerned only about the big things of life, rather than the little things as well. If I have this perspective, then I tend to see circumstances and situations through my eyes. And out of that I try to work out a solution to any problem or situation myself. How often do we go round in circles trying to find our way and the solution to a problem? It’s in these times that we can easily put God in a box, and leave Him out of the equation. Somehow we think, if God does see the solution why isn’t He telling us, or doing anything about it? What it often comes down to is that we believe that God thinks like we do.

It is good to remember that God is Almighty (Peterson, in The Message, interprets this as the “God-of-the-angel-armies”), and that, even though things may not be clear to me, they are to Him. God alone knows the beginning from the end, and every detail of the middle too. We need to stop putting God into the box of our own thinking and allow Him to be the Lord of every situation and circumstance.

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