There is an idea that is going around on social media that I am not too sure that I like. The posts usually say something along the lines of, "We are supposed to follow Christ, not other Christians."
While the sentiment is correct in one sense, the reality is that Paul wrote in I Corinthians 11:1
Imitate me as I imitate Christ.
This is a standard that we are considering in the upper school this year. What can we learn from the many characters of the Bible, and how can we allow their example to inspire us to become more like Christ?
As we strive to allow the Expected Student Outcomes (Christ-follower, active thinker, effective communicator, global citizen, faithful steward) to become a part of our life at ICSB and beyond, it is important to have examples that can encourage us along the way.
For example, this week we learned about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Familiar names with a familiar story. But what example can we take from them? To stand strong when a king tells us to bow down and worship him? When was the last time that happened? Maybe you need to be brave when you get tossed in a fiery furnace? Again, probably not happened to any of us recently.
So what can we learn from these guys that would allow us to focus more on Christ? Then ask the same question about the other characters you read about in Scripture.
Here are a few of the things that I thought about:
1. The "stand strong" idea is a good and useful one. But it probably will not look like having to choose between worshiping a man or worshiping God. It might look a lot like the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness (although probably with different temptations). Will you stand strong when temptation comes your way?
2. Trials WILL come to your life. It is important to be prepared for them by abiding in Christ, because although God protected the three young men in the furnace, He is the same God that allowed Job to go through his suffering. It is important to be prepared and in a place of complete trust since we do not know how God will walk through the fire with us.
3. Which is a third point to consider, Jesus will never forsake us, or leave us alone. He is with us on the great days, and He is with us in the fire. We just need to learn to look for Him always.
Please continue to pray that the Lord will speak to the hearts of all that sit on our chapels this year, and that He would be honored in everything that we do there.
Dr. Dan - ICSB Chaplain