“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  - Micah 6:8

 

We’ve come to the end of another school year. As I write this, students are counting down to the first day of their summer vacation— and that number is well into single digits. As a pastor who has the privilege of teaching four days a week in our Lutheran School, I have yet to reach the end of the school year feeling like we’ve covered all that there is to cover. Without fail, I get to the end of the year feeling like there is still so much to cover, so much that they’ll need to know.

And yet, it’s fitting that, each year, we come to the end and say, “It’s enough.” We haven’t covered everything, but you have what you need to prepare you for what you might encounter. Correct doctrine is vital. We’re warned repeatedly in scripture to mark and avoid those who teach false doctrine. And, at the same time, it does no one any good to spend our lives with our noses buried in our Bibles. We learn in order to live. We know in order to do. As God said through the prophet Micah, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

That’s where the Good News of Jesus Christ leads, doesn’t it? Pure doctrine is nothing more and nothing less than the amazing revelation that Jesus Christ took your sins upon Himself and went to the cross to suffer and die for you. He now sends you out to love and serve others as He loved and served you.

Coming to the end of the school year is a lot like coming to the end of a circle. Before we know it we’ll be back again for the start of another year. And it’s like coming to the end of the circle in another way: because faith and actions go hand in hand. We learn in order to do. We do according to what we’ve learned. Whether you have children who are still in school or not, I hope that you make the most of this opportunity to put faith into action.