by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
As Daylight Savings Time recently came to an end and the days have turned chilly, I remember with fondness a 95 degree day this past July at an Idaho water park called Roaring Springs. The combination of radiant heat, cool water, and joyful screams made the high ticket price worth it. Perhaps the main drawback was the long lines. Early in the day, the waiting can produce much needed conversation. But by mid-day, each fruitless minute in line only accelerates the desire to leave early. So when we found a desirable ride that was void of a long line, we rejoiced over our new circumstance. And as an act of self-preservation, we kept our newfound benefit to ourselves. Bringing attention to our superior experience would only had nullified its reward as a crowd of equally needy forlorn families would have quickly joined our line.
Fortunately, the line for the gospel of Jesus Christ is always short. If you want a ticket for the ride to eternal life with your Heavenly Father, there is a FASTPASS waiting for you. In fact, believers can hand out those FASTPASSES like candy. And unlike a water park or amusement park, your experience is not hindered when you share with others the secret of the joy in your life. Rather, it is enhanced. Those who turn many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever (Daniel 12:3) and will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ (Philemon 1:6).
The apostle Jonah didn’t get the message. While God had called him to be a prophet of repentance, Jonah wanted to be a prophet of judgment. Instead of being used by God for His purposes, Jonah wanted to use God for his own purposes. As we engage daily with people who God puts in our path, may we not speak out of what we want from that person, but may we salt our speech with what we want FOR that person. Namely, that the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ will invade their life. As our children line up at the door and at chapels and at bedtime, may we point them to the gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
– Adam Kronberger / Head of School