To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”
Sometimes I have to check my motives.
We live in a world which constantly bombards us with messages of what we ‘need’, what we should look like, and what we ‘deserve’. To any reasonable person, the clear message if they listen to the marketing surrounding them, is ‘buy this product from me because you deserve it and are the most important person in the world'. Have you noticed that the Defence Force no longer appeals to us to serve God and Country but to, ‘Find your ideal role in the Australian Defence Force’? These are all clear messages to us about how we can get ahead.
As a Jesus-centred community, we aspire to a different purpose - that of making Jesus greater and ourselves less. I don’t need to point out that this is very counter-cultural, some may even say ‘silly’ in our context; why would a family make financial sacrifices to send their children to an independent school if not to provide the greatest opportunity (...for greatness? for their child(ren)?
The message from John’s gospel challenges this head on - ‘He must become greater; I must become less’.
King’s is a Jesus-centred school that exists to glorify God - together with your children! As Christian staff, we serve not so we are seen to be great and/or important in the eyes of our students and community, but to glorify God.
Equally as parents, we can be grateful for the amazing achievements of our children - whether it is in the Musical, a sporting competition, the SACE or the NAPLAN - for in striving for excellence we do so to glorify God, not ourselves or our children.