So, what is our end game? What are our big dreams for our students? We pray they become servants. On the face of it, being servants does not sound all that glamorous. Yet, according to Jesus service is the way to greatness.
Mark 10 teaches this powerfully. Two disciples, James and John, make an audacious request. They want Jesus “to do whatever they ask.” What do they want? They want what most humans want—power and status. They want “to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
The other disciples are angry. I wonder why. Perhaps they are mad that they did not think of it themselves. Knowing their hearts, Jesus uses this as a teaching moment:
You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it will not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
Having given this lesson, Jesus does not stop there. Jesus does not ask us to do what he is unwilling to do. So he continues, “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for man.”
At CLA we realize that our school is not the end of the road for our students. It is only the beginning, and we pray it is the beginning of something big. We want them to have God-sized and God-shaped dreams, which means we want them to be servants who make an impact in the world.
We want them to take the skills that they learned here and use them for His greater purposes. We want them to model his character before a watching world. We want them to form homes and businesses for His greater glory and people’s good.
In a very real way, we are not just providing an education; we are shaping the world. We believe our students will go further than we have gone. And we will do whatever we can to give them the skills they need to make a massive impact for the kingdom.
In addition to skills, they will have the heart to match, which is an awesome combination.
And praise God we are already seeing this happen. Let me tell you about the most precious donation we have ever received. As a school, we have received hundreds of thousands of dollars, all of which are vital to the ministry. But there is one gift that stands out in my mind. It came just a couple of months after our first full graduating class. We were going about our summer business, preparing for the upcoming school year, when we received a letter in the mail. One of our graduates, had received some money for graduation. Rather than spending it on herself, she turned around and donated it to the school she just finished.
What 18 year-old does that? I know when I was that age, donating any sum of money was a foreign idea, much less graduation money. How do we explain this? Most of the credit can be traced to her outstanding family. They are wonderfully generous people. But I also believe her time at CLA played a small part in this process. If so, to God be the glory!