Honouring God through School

How do we make the connection between God and our education.

In other words, how do we glorify God through our studies (school)?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a long time.

Some people may argue that the only means by which you can truly glorify God through education is studying the word of God, going to a bible school, working towards a ministry in your church etc.

Although all these things do indeed glorify God, they are not the only means by which it is done.

The Mind

Before we even touch the topic of school, consider these scriptures

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God

Corinthians 10:31


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him

Colossians 3:17


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heat, as working for the Lord, not for human masters

Colossians 3:23

Point is, God wants us to glorify him in everything. Literally

You can imagine how difficult this can be for a variety of reasons.

For example

When you’re taking a shower in the middle of your morning routine , you don’t really intend to praise God.

In other words, you’re not fully conscious of practically glorifying God by taking a shower .

It just seems silly.

Nevertheless, if we form a mindset of glorifying God, everything changes.

Let’s take the same scenario (stay with me here for a second!!!)

If I got up in the morning, preparing myself to take a shower and I put it in my mind that I am going to physically clean myself for God. As crazy and funny as this sounds, it forces us to be watchful of all things and slowly develop a mindset of glorifying God in everything we do.

The key here is not so much the action, but rather purposing in your heart and mind to glorify and please the one you love (God)

Easier said than done of course. I mean how hard would it be to constantly remind ourselves that everything we do must be done to glorify God?

*Insert sarcastic emoji here*

I’ll let you in on a trick though.

It becomes a lot easier when our relationship with God is rock solid.

*See post here for more on this topic*

Honouring your Parents

 Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you

Exodus 20:12

This is a minor point but a notable one.

The word honour means to respect or have a deep reverence towards.

Majority of us probably have parents who want us to work hard and do well in school.

If this is true, it is dishonouring to them if we actively lack effort in regards to schooling.

Your grades may not always be reflective of your effort, but again this is more of the mindset in pursuing excellence, thus honouring your parents wishes

Serving Others

“Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ; not by the way of eye service, as men-pleasures, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men”

Ephesians 6:5-7

For the most part, the main reason why we go to school, take hours to study, research, pick the right program etc, is for the great hope that one day we will find the career of our dreams.

Regardless of what occupation we are searching for, we must become eager to serve others in ALL forms of work. In other words developing a giving, selfless attitude.

Secondly, as you work understand that physically you’re working for people but in reality you’re serving God (Matthew 25:40). So as we study, we are preparing ourselves to use our God given talents to glorify Him through our service onto others.

Bring Christ to School

Before you go all “Jehovah’s Witness” in your local school and bring up Jesus when you’re having a conversation about your final exam….hear me out.

Does God expect us to talk about him and preach the gospel in school?

Absolutely

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” 

Mark 16:15

As Christians, we are obligated to preach the gospel and its entirety, telling others about Christ everywhere we go.

Nevertheless, our lives in itself should be a living testimony of Christ. We are the salt  of the world aren’t we? (Matthew 5:13)

Therefore we must not be ashamed to live out the life of Christ, letting our classmates know that we are believers through our actions. We must disengage ourselves from taking part in activities which do not glorify God, but rather be transformed daily through the renewal of our minds. {Romans 12:1-2}

Let’s take an example

Bob’s a Christian and has a drinking problem.

One day his friends decide to invite him to bar to get a few drinks, and  he refuses to go

They may ask him why he is not willing to go with them and Bob should answer them by saying something like  “To be honest fams, I’m not into stuff like that anymore. I’m a Christian, its wrong for me to get drunk, I don’t want to tempt myself”

………….But OK let’s be honest

Bob would most likely respond by saying

“meh, I’m busy” when he really isn’t or

“I got other plans tonight” – which he obviously doesn’t or the most famous

“I got work to do”

Although these phrases allow Bob to escape  such a scenario, it just makes your friends think of you as a nerd rather than a Christian. You get what I’m saying?

At the end of the day, we must not be ashamed to let our friends know whom we believe in especially when the opportunity is provided.

Despite the obvious stress that comes from school, let’s learn to develop a new perspective on it for the glory of God.

Soli Deo Gloria

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