MAKING A DIFFERENCE: At School

2 Corinthians 3:18

 

 

I love the story about the guy who went to see a psychiatrist. He was wearing a yellow jacket with one green sleeve and one blue sleeve. His slacks were purple, his shoes were red and he had a parrot sitting on his head. When the doctor asked, “What can I do for you?” The parrot said, “How do I get this thing off my feet!”

 

So what’s obvious about you?

 

The parrot had a pretty obvious problem. Some of you might say the man had a fairly obvious way about him as well. Do people notice something about you even though you might not say a word? Do they know that you’re not normal? By normal I mean…like everyone else in the world.

 

Let’s focus immediately on students in the school environment. Students, you have a huge platform to speak and act from. Make the best of it. God will smile. But how???…some of you are asking. Some of you are parents and maybe wondering how to motivate your child/teen to use this platform as well. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Peach and I discuss this allot with our kids.

 

Let’s look at the foundation of verse 18 of 2 Corinthians chapter 3. The Old Testament records that Moses, after talking one on one with God, would put a veil over his face. His face would be so bright that the Israelites either were too scared of him or simply couldn’t stand the brilliance (Exodus 34:29-35). When the brilliance would fade away, it is assumed that he would take the veil off.

 

Paul, when writing 2 Corinthians 3:7-18, was contrasting the Old Testament facts with the Truth of the New Testament. He said that we now have what only Moses had. We have the Holy Spirit living within us. We’re one on one with God all the time. Well, I should add to that. God’s always with us…living in our heart. He wants to be one on one with us all the time in spirit, but we do have some say in that. Paul rightly makes the assumption that we can shine like Moses did. Some of us keep the “veil” on though. God wants us to “look” different. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are changed so that others can SEE a difference. Paul encourages the Christians in Corinth to take the veil off. Do you keep a veil over your face? Or, do people see that Christ lives in you?

 

Schools can literally be changed because of students who take the veil off their face. So what’s that really look like? What’s an unveiled Christian look like? I would say that their love for God and others is very apparent. Their words are laced with love, humility, and grace. Their actions are built around hard work and service. Their friends feel safe around them. People know that they are trustworthy. No secrets. Their Facebook page content is positive and uplifting. Bible verses or Jesus stories fall easily from their mouths. Their grades may or may not be perfect, but they do their best. They admit their mistakes. Finally, they are known for praying to and talking about Jesus Christ.

 

That’s the picture I get of an “unveiled” student.

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