Christian teachers have an essential job when ministering to Christian students. We are helping these young people learn the God they love. The more accurately they see God’s world and Word, the more they can respond to Him in lives of worship. In The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer said it this way:
“How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of “accepting” Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him.” (12-13)
Those who know Christ are exactly the ones who should seek Him most passionately. We have tasted. We have seen. It is up to us to guide the students under our care to seek Him as well. They need to know that accepting Christ is accepting a whole new way of life.
Students need to grow in awe of Him as they see his creation. They need to learn to thank Him as they see his grace to broken people throughout history. They need to deepen their partnership with God as they better love the people that God has made in his image.
It is up to us to guide them on this journey. A Christian education that does not educate students in seeking the God they love may be Christian in name, but not in essence.
In your classroom, how will you press fight the spurious logic that accepting is an end rather than a beginning?