In the November newsletter, we introduced our new vision model of True Knowledge, Christlike Character and Doers of the Word. We then focused on True Knowledge and its impact on daily Christian instruction.
At a recent chapel, we ventured into the next part of our vision model: Christlike Character (the heart circle). After reminding kids of the importance of True Knowledge, we emphasized how head knowledge is not our ultimate goal. With the help of the Holy Spirit, this knowledge softens our hearts and prepares the way for transformation so we can become more like Jesus!
Each of us belongs to a family, and as we all know, family resemblances run deep. Perhaps you have your mother’s eyes or your father’s quick-witted humor. You may even have a photograph of your grandma at a younger age where she looks just like you! Family resemblance is a very special thing (even if you inherit your father’s incredibly large nose or your mother’s tendency to chew her nails). But just like DNA is passed down, the sinful nature is passed through the generations as well. But we are not without hope, for God, the Creator of every strand of our DNA, welcomes us into His spiritual family. When we view God as our beloved Abba Father, we open our hearts up to transformation. God works in us and His characteristics are reflected in us. And since Jesus is God in the flesh, we act more like Jesus!
2 Corinthians 5:17 describes heart transformation like this: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Just think of the apple tree. When an apple falls and decomposes, its seeds are planted in the ground. From each tiny seed, new life sprouts and grows, eventually becoming another tree. The Bible compares this process to that of becoming a Christian. After accepting Christ, your sinful self dies (like the decomposing apple), a seed of the Holy Spirit is planted in your heart (like the seed into the ground), and a new creation begins to grow (the tree). And with your roots firmly planted in Christ, you’ll begin producing fruit – the Fruit of the Spirit!
At Sully Christian School, we want to help students see that spiritual fruit goes far beyond behavior charts and consequences. Spiritual fruit shouldn’t feel forced, but should be a direct result of abiding in Christ and depending on the Holy Spirit. We want our students to love Jesus so much that they can’t help but show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
This is definitely a process! Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Mind renewal and transformation is not a one-time occurrence, but happens daily, hourly, even moment by moment. So thank you for allowing Sully Christian to be a part of these moments. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing our students grow in Christlike character!