Have you ever been sent to the Principal’s office? I shared that experience a couple of times in my youth. As an adult, I have been on the other side of the desk a few hundred times. Students are sent to the Principal’s office because they are in need. In need of correction. In need of training. In need of prayer. In need of discipline. These needs exist as a result of the sin that exists in this broken world. They affirm our Christian worldview that God is perfect, we are made in His image, yet His perfect creation has been marred by sin. These needs allow us as leaders and parents to point others to the gospel and how Jesus made us right with God. Our response is to claim this “rightness” and walk in it according to His life-giving love, joy, peace, and hope.
Here at Crosshill, many students visit with the Principal not as a result of sin, but because of Jesus. That is, many of these meetings are motivated by a request of the student. Their needs may be a bit different. They need wisdom. They need counsel. They need partnership. They need challenging. They are students who take the next step in their authentic faith. To move beyond the starting line of salvation and into the race of running in the Spirit. They want to help in chapels, start Bible studies, and make a difference in God’s Kingdom.
The writer of Hebrews encourages us that we have a Great High [Principal], Jesus the Son of God. His office is in the heavens, at the right hand of the throne of God. Our needs to receive mercy and find grace are always met, whether someone sends us to His office, or we make our own appointment (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Whether our experience in the Principal’s office has been positive or not, may we as parents actively pursue God’s office. May His presence be common in our homes, cars, and activities. May his correction, counsel, wisdom, encouragement, and even discipline be a constant source of life. May it be clear to others that we have been sent to the Principal's (God's) office every day!