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Pointing in the Right Direction

Pointing in the Right Direction

From preschool to high school, our annual spiritual theme unites our students around a common idea that is grounded in biblical truth. This year’s theme is "He must increase, I must decrease" from John 3:30.

John the Baptist said these words at the time when Jesus’ ministry and his overlapped. It’s a principle that is applicable every day in our own lives.

In this passage, John’s followers were concerned that the ministry of Jesus was surpassing John’s, and consequently their ministry. John reminded them, “I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of Him."

John’s disciples were doing great work for God, but they were thinking of themselves. John, however, realized that his purpose was to pave the way for Jesus’ ministry. He likened himself to the best man at a wedding whose job it is to stand with the groom as he gives his vows to his bride. John understood that it was not about him. It filled him with joy to know that it was entirely about Christ.

This verse deeply affects me in a couple of ways.

First, it reminds me that the ministry of Heritage Christian is not my ministry, but the ministry of Christ. As faculty, staff, and administration, we work unbelievably hard to present the best of Christian education to our students and families. Our calling to excellence, however, is not a calling to excellence for excellence’s sake (or for our own sake). It is a calling to glorify God and exalt the name of Jesus. It is a calling centered on Christ living in our students. We should never forget or forsake that calling.

Second, I am reminded of the personal application to my life. God wants all of me. He wants all of you. In order for that to happen, I must decrease and He must increase. God’s desire is to have “all of Him in all of me.” I want Christ to have all authority in my life. It’s not about me. I need to be reminded of this. How about you?

My prayer is that this year’s spiritual theme would resonate with every student, teacher, staff member, administrator, and parent in our HCS community, and that in every lesson and interaction, every performance and ballgame, each and every day, we would make it all about Christ.

Jeff Freeman, CEO