Encouragement in Ephesians
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”Ephesians 4: 15-16
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What is your school’s building made out of? Many are made of brick or concrete, others from stone or some combination of these materials. Frames, pipes, walls, flooring, and wires also make up the school building you are teaching in today. But that’s not all that your school is made of. More crucial than whatever construction materials were used, a Lutheran school is made up of the children of God.
Students, teachers, and other faculty and staff, bonded together with the love of Christ, are what really make your workplace a Lutheran school. In Ephesians 4:15–16, Paul explains that we are the Body of Christ, with Christ as the head. Paul says that in Christ, the Body works together so that it builds itself up in love. This is what a Lutheran school is truly made of—love. Because of what Christ has done, we are able to look to Him, and in love, we build one another up in both the good times and the challenging times.
In these last months of school, you may feel more tired and burnt out than built up in love. March through May is often met with loss: loss of sleep, loss of patience, and loss of motivation. However, God has equipped you with a team of co-workers so that you may push through this time. Paul says, “Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Especially in these last months of the school year, it’s so important that teachers encourage one another as we work and as we grow in faith and love! Kind words, prayer, spending time together in the Word, and taking time to listen to one another are wonderful ways to find encouragement, giving us motivation and strength in our vocation as teachers. Then, as Martin Luther wrote after his morning prayer, we can go joyfully to our work from March to May and throughout the year.
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