Dwell on These Things

By Emil Bergquist

The phrase “Back to School” brings plenty of memories to mind. New friends, experiences and cautions from parents are just a few of them. Back to School seems to always come with those last minute directives to keep from getting embarrassing calls from a principal. Things like “Pay attention,” “Drive carefully,” “Watch out who you hang with.” These are all great instructions, but they don’t quite cover it all.

In Christ, there is much more!  We could all add on “Let your light shine,” “Put on the full armor,” and “Keep your hearts and minds on the Lord.” It is all for His glory!

Jesus said “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”. (Matthew 5:16 NASB) So when it comes to being “back to school” let us be sure that above all we’re remembering that the world around us is watching! Let us be sure that we’re representing Christ well in word and deed.

Our protection of armor is well described in Galatians 6:10-18. If every day we are going to seek to be a light, then we need to clothe ourselves in the armor the Word speaks of so that we won’t be tripped up or led astray by the battle that rages for our hearts and minds. After all, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Epesians 6:12 ESV)


Lastly, try this on for size: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, DWELL on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 NASB)


Instead of just seeing the kids off with the usual advice,  let’s all take to heart these words every day as we walk out the front door, and on the way back in. Have a great year!

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