In a school such as ours, it is always good to review some aspects that go into what makes Muskoka Christian School such an amazing place to attend and work.
The theme of a recent membership meeting was "unity”, not the kind of unity that marks a secular effort having temporal rewards, but rather a spiritual unity transcending into eternity.
Ephesians 4:1-3 "I therefore a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
A tall order to be sure but nonetheless, it is not optional. Notice we are prisoners for Christ, we are not free to think and do as we please. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 teaches us "or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you whom you have from God. You are not your own, for you are bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
We are open letters read by all men; ambassadors to the King of Kings, not only our outward behaviour but also our inward behaviour should reflect the character and purposes of the Lord.
As fallen sinners, we often don't live up to our calling but we must never be satisfied with our failure or be content with the status quo or mediocrity. We are called to be holy in all our conduct.
This brings me to the point that sometimes we fail each other, sometimes intentionally, sometimes because we are careless or insensitive, but I believe at MCS there is a genuine concern for each other where no one purposely goes out of their way to offend or hurt someone. However, occasionally things happen which can cause hurt or misunderstanding. This is why Ephesians 4:1-3 is so critical for us to obey, "I therefore a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." In all conflict, as Christians, we need to have the mindset that the ultimate resolution rests in Jesus. We can air our hurts, differences and objections but at the end of the day we always have to come to the place of either repentance or forgiveness.
We don't want an attitude to go along to get along; rather we want an attitude that reflects a willingness to lay aside our rights for the good of the whole, to be willing to look after others' interests before our own, to be servants to one other.
Philippians 2:3-4 says it best. "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but made Himself nothing taking on the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men, and being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death."
Such is our example; our challenge is to follow in His steps so that MCS is a model for unity where we may be blessed and Jesus glorified.
Written by Board member, Mike Davies and delivered at the spring 2014 membership meeting.