Monday, February 16, 2015
Monday, February 16: Isaiah 65-66; Mark 14:54-72 ~ Pamela
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Isaiah 65-66; Mark 14:54-72
I teach at an independent Christian school and last week we gathered at an inservice retreat for all the affiliated schools in the country. The blessing of teaching at a Christian school is that I do not have to filter what I believe in a way that is "politically correct" to my students. Parents choose our school knowing that we will be teaching their children in a way that is biblical and that glorifies our Saviour. As I sat in the workshops, it reminded me that I have this incredible privilege to plant seeds of faith in the students who attend our school.
As the book of Isaiah concludes in today's reading, it shares the judgement that is coming:
We are destined to the sword. We are sinful. With society's acceptance of so many sins, many people aren't even aware of their need for a Saviour. How can they know of this need for redemption if we don't tell them. We must plant the seed.
At our inservice, one of the messages was about investment. As teachers we do plant many seeds that we may never see to full maturation. We plant and we nurture and we do as much as we can for future growth. We sow seeds of academics but also seeds of faith. It is ultimately those seeds of faith that will have the deepest impact on a child's life during their time on earth and also for eternity.
The speaker shared about how churches were built long ago and that it was often common for oak trees to be planted as the construction began with the anticipation that these trees would be the scaffolding for the roof construction many many years later. The people that planted these trees would never see the final result of their work. Investment does not always mean an instant reward. Investment means that a long-term result is going to be worth the effort even if we don't see it...we may never see the result.
When we invest in our relationship with Christ, we are nurturing the seed. When we plant seeds of faith in others we are investing in their relationship with Christ. This is so important because:
However, we are human. Even when we have the seeds of faith growing in us we stumble and we fall. We will rebel against what we know is true, we will stray from the path of righteousness, and we will think that we can do things on our own just fine. Just like Peter, we will deny that we know Jesus. We will say, either with our words or in our actions:
Thankfully, we serve a God that is invested in us. He knows us. He already knows we will fail even before we do.
Our loving Saviour knows that we will fail and yet loves us anyway. He is invested in us even when He knows that we will fail on our own. I'm so thankful for redemption from sin. Let me invest in the lives of the people around me. May I be the one to plant seeds of faith even when I am not sure that I will ever see the results.