At this year’s CEC, we were blessed to hear from Steve Beegoo, Principal of the King’s School Witney, on being ‘Issacharites’:
“The Issacharites, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do: 200 chiefs with all their relatives under their command.” 1 Chronicles 12:32
Working people—who understand rest
How do you feel while working for the Kingdom? As Christians, we live in the tension of knowing that we can do nothing by ourselves, as our Lord testified in John 5:30. But yet we know as Paul said that we can do everything through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Joseph, when standing before Pharaoh, replied, “I cannot do it…but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” As we minister for the kingdom, we need to recognise the time for us to work, and the time for us to rest.
Wise people—who understood the times and what to do
The Issacharites knew what Israel should do; they were renowned for their wisdom. Do you understand the ‘time’, for you and your school? Are we aware and interacting with the social and economic shifts happening around us? Do we see the good as well as the bad, and communicate events around us in a spiritual context to our students? Can we understand how to act as educators and as leaders? Has there ever been a more important time and place for Independent Christian Schools in the UK? 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 tells us that we make judgements about all things through the Spirit, not merely human judgements, for “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
Warrior people—rewarded for honouring the King
It can be easy to get frustrated in our conversations, but we must remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood, and the battle belongs to the Lord. We fight and work together to make Christ, the Son of David, King in our place and time, and for our children, who are our reward (Psalm 127).