Homeschool Priorities

This past Sunday was graduation Sunday at our church. I remember when it was my turn to bask in the attention and congratulations – full of potential and expectations. Our pastor always makes a point to deliver a special sermon for these grads, and this past Sunday was no exception. Even though the sermon was meant mainly for those finishing school, it really made me think about the homeschool priorites I have set. When my two are sitting there on their graduation Sunday, will these priorities be evident? Will it really matter if they can solve quadratic equations but are not set on a heavenly course? I say that I believe that our lives are to be dedicated to the Great Commission and God’s work – but is this lived out every day in the way I have organized our school?

The sermon text was 2 Peter 1:3-4, one of the greatest promises in all of the Bible.
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” -ESV

There were 2 main points the pastor made from these verses:

1. We are saved to BE the church in a decaying culture.
Verse 3 tells us to live in light of what we have in Christ – even in the midst of our quickly decomposing society. We have divine power if we are followers of Christ. It is always available to us. He has given us ALL THINGS so that we can live a godly life. So as the educator of my kids, am I showing them what it means to be the church? Am I preparing them for the questions they will face regarding their faith? Am I educating them with a Biblical worldview?

To me this is more than just choosing a grammar book that has Bible verses used for practice sentences. It’s more than just throwing in Old Testament studies into our history lessons. To me this means first of all that we study both the good and the bad of humanity. I don’t hide evolutionary theory from our science studies. Instead we learn about it and then talk about how it compares with what the Bible says. We talk about how sin clouds judgement (Romans 8:7-8, 2 Corinthians 4:4) and why the world would rather explain away God. (If He doesn’t exist, then I don’t have a sin problem, I can be my own god deciding what is right for me). Biggies like Evolution are easier to identify, but my goal is to show them that every action of man comes from what the heart believes, even the things that seem to be small.

2. BE the light that you ARE in Christ.
Verse 4 tells us that we are already able to partake in Christ’s nature and because of that we can escape this world’s corruption. The only way to make a permanent change in the world is through the spread of the gospel. The gospel is the only thing that changes the heart, which is the root of all sinfulness. Just as the moon was created to reflect the light of the sun to the dark side of the Earth, we are saved to reflect the light of the Son to a dark world. The moon has no light of its own, and neither do we.

So are we taking this knowledge that we learn in school and using it for God’s glory? Do I impress upon them the importance of this? I want to make sure that I am preparing them for not just their future education and adulthood, but that I am preparing them to take their gifts and knowledge and use it for God. I want to start praying with them now that God will show them what path their lives should take. Maybe it will be as a light in their American neighborhood, or maybe it will be as a witness among a strange people. Either way, I want their career choices to be chosen prayerfully and with an eye to the Great Commission rather than with an eye to a paycheck.

These are the things I am keeping in mind as I finalize our plans for next year. Intentionality is what I am striving for and He has given me everything I need to live with intention in front of my children. What an amazing promise!