November 9 Home Communicator –My personal devotions lately have been focused on the journey of faith, and how grace is the unifying bond among the body of Christ. Although the body is made up of many parts, our identity “In Christ Alone” makes us one. Throughout every season, circumstance, or differing perspectives, as disciples of Christ we have a common faith, we receive a common grace, and we accept a common charge to extend this good news to others.
I have come to think about grace as an invitation to accept but then also an opportunity to walk out. I love the verse from Colossians 2:6 that says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.” Walking in Grace is an invitation to lay aside the burdens that weigh us down, to set aside differences and give and receive the grace we didn’t deserve by extending it to others. It’s a beautiful opportunity to join together–In Christ Alone– with hearts overflowing in obedience, service, repentance, and celebration! I want to walk in grace because I don’t want to miss an opportunity to share with my neighbor or friend how amazing it is. I want to walk in grace because it draws me closer to the Father’s heart. I want to walk in grace because Jesus has changed my life, and now I get to go and share Him with others. How can we do this? As we lean into Him, He promises to walk with us: “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
How wonderful it is to be part of the larger body that makes HCS special – the parents, community, teachers, and staff that all come together united in mission, walking in grace. I pray that as we continue forward in the mission of Christian education that we find many ways to testify to His goodness as we stay united as partners in the mission of Christ-centered education.
Rachel Landstra, Mission Advancement