Rhea County Academy begins its ninth year today with our first pre-planning session at 9:00AM. Our theme for our sessions as well as for the coming school year is “As Unto the Lord.” It comes from Colossians, chapter three. The Apostle Paul wrote,
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (KJV).
Mind if I break down the verse for the purpose of preaching to myself?
“And whatsoever ye do”
Notice the same condition that is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31? No? Didn’t think so? There isn’t a single condition. There are no exceptions. Those who know God, are to glorify God in all things, at all times. Paul mentions eating and drinking in his letter to the believers in Corinth. “Whatsoever ye do” includes that, and every other activity which comes to our mind. Do you recall David’s prayer at the end of Psalm 19?
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer” (19:14).
“do it heartily”
The word “heartily” means from the heart. The concept being conveyed is that of wholeheartedness. Christians should give it “their all” in “whatsoever” they do.
“as to the Lord”
That which we do, should be done for Christ. In other words, we ought to work in such a way that Jesus is glorified and pleased.
“not unto men”
We have to work for men. Our immediate supervisors are human. Even those of us that are self-employed have contractors and vendors whom we need to please in order to stay in business. But while we should try to please those we work for, our motivation to please God must trump our desire to please men.
“As Unto the Lord” is a high calling, and it is for all Christians, not just those in full-time ministry like the teachers at the academy. But–it is their calling. My hope is that we–the teachers of RCA–will live out these words on a daily basis.
In closing, could I ask you to pray for our school. We deeply desire for God to glorified as we seek to challenge the students academically and spiritually. It’s been a busy few weeks as we have prepared our classrooms and curriculum. Much needs to be done before the first bell on August 12th. I’m excited, believing we have the right people in the right spots to have a great year–our best yet! Pray for our teachers to serve “as unto the Lord.” Pray for our students to know and show God, and to do their best in both academics and behavior. Pray for our parents to work well as teammates with the children’s teachers, striving with the school to see both our academy and our students mature to the glory of God.