by Jakob Bruxvoort, HCA Student Council Head Administrator & Ministry Leader
Ephesians 4:2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Looking forward into the school year of 2016 to 2017, Student Council has been praying and seeking God’s direction for our school. As we discussed our thoughts and visions for the year, common themes of unity, intentionality, and service kept reoccurring. The two passages God has shown to represent these concepts were Ephesians 4:2-3 and Galatians 5:22-23. The first of these contains a phrase we found appropriately and concisely summed up the idea: Make Every Effort.
Both scriptures are used to define puposeful, spirit-minded community. Ephesians describes an intentionality for God-centered unity while Galatians establishes the profits of spiritual living represented as the fruits of the Spirit. Both in turn reference a display of selflessness and service toward others where the presence of God is vital. Each present the message in a specific, practical manner of living. We will be using Galatians 5:22-23 as our specific theme verse.
So as we enter this upcoming school year with varying levels of enthusiasm, we as student council leadership believe that it is our call live by the spirit. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5:16-17, 22-23)
And in doing so to live intentionally, not neglecting to live for each other in unity. “As a prisoner of Christ, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. It was he (Christ) who gave some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Eph. 4:1-3, 11-16)
So then, as you prepare for the upcoming year at Heritage Christian, we as Student Council ask that you to pray and seek God for what your part in the body of Christ is this year. Live in this way to become more like Christ in service, humility, and unity. This is no minor task, as it obligates you to surrender fully to the life God has called you to by making every effort.