Over the past few months, we have been sent to those people right around us—our family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. I am especially mindful of the opportunities many of us have as we prepare for the start of school. Just this past weekend, our volunteers (or “missionaries”) handed out 250 backpacks with school supplies to students at Cypress Springs and Ruston Elementary (our Adopt-A-Schools). We also left 250 more to be disbursed as needed! Our LOVELincoln event gave us opportunities to pray with individuals and show the compassion of our Savior.
And what moments we have before us as schools/universities begin their fall classes. Whether you assume the role of educator, support staff, or even student, you have an incredible context in which to share the love of Jesus Christ. God has literally placed unbelievers right before you so that your testimony can draw them to the Lord. And what a moment you have right now! You have heard me say that we as believers were fashioned for such a time as this. No doubt, you as administrators, teachers, and support staff have an opportunity to live the peace of Christ in front of your coworkers and students. Exhibit faith when others doubt. Demonstrate peace when others panic. Trust the sovereignty of God when others communicate chaos. And when those others inquire of your calm, steady demeanor, answer them with the hope and confidence of Jesus Christ! This is your moment to “shine as lights” in the midst of a dark world (Philippians 2:15).
Moreover, He has given you a sphere of influence that allows you to disciple other believers. How awesome is that! The school and university setting arguably provides us some of the greatest ministry moments. I readily acknowledge that educators have played a major role in my life. Hardly a sermon passes that I do not mention a teacher/professor who invested in me. Even though you may not be in a seminary setting, you as educators can still bring life to your students through your encouragement and blessing. And what’s more, even our students can impact their peers for Kingdom growth. Many of my friends in college especially helped me develop as a Christ follower, and I see our Tech/Grambling students similarly spurring one another along in their walk with the Lord.
Like some of you, I have been praying for both our children and our educational staff as they encounter this new, challenging mission field. Obviously, I have prayed for their physical safety. I have asked God to protect them and keep them. I have also begged the Lord to bring mental, emotional, and spiritual strength as they navigate their classes, relationships, and difficulties. I have asked Him to grant them boldness to stand for Christ and humility to recognize how they can grow in Him. I pray that you will join me in this intercession for our teachers, professors, administrators, and support personnel. If you have a chance, P-ark & P-ray E-veryday! If you are driving by a school, just pull in, park, and pray over the students, teachers, and administrators. Through His power, we can see Christ magnified in our schools and communities.
My friends, you have heard me say that God is doing great things! And He is! Next Wednesday, I’m going to be sharing a “State of the Church” Address as we move back to our regular business meetings. We will meet collectively in the Sanctuary, but we will also livestream it if you want to view it from home. Join us as we celebrate how He is moving in our midst!