As we celebrate Good Friday and Easter this weekend, let's pause to look at one of the most profound examples of willingness in history: Jesus Christ.

We are talking this quarter about being willing as it relates to our “G.R.O.W.” theme. Willingness marks not only an attitude, but also a decision followed by action. As we celebrate Good Friday and Easter this weekend, let’s pause to look at one of the most profound examples of willingness in history: Jesus Christ.

The biblical books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell the story of Jesus’ time on earth in human form. These accounts culminate in his death and resurrection. If you want to learn more, I Corinthians 15:3–4 provides a quick summary, and the full story is located in Luke 22–24. For now, I will just point out a few things specifically related to our quarter’s theme of willingness.

First, Jesus submitted his own will to that of God the Father. (Luke 22:42) The act of submitting to someone else is challenging for most of us. We like to make our own decisions about the course our lives will take, and the idea of trading independence for submission is hard to grasp. We expect students to submit to those in authority. As adults we can model this for them by willingly submitting to the authorities in our lives–whether it’s our own parents, bosses, church leaders, or government authorities.

Second, Jesus’ willingness was not based on securing the best outcome for himself, but the best outcome for mankind (Romans 5:6–8). We can model this for our students by willingly giving up our own rights in favor of someone else. There are many opportunities to practice this at home, such as letting someone else choose the television show to watch or what to eat for dinner. As we drive, we can practice this by yielding the right of way to others. We can hold the door and let others enter first as we shop. Some of these things take very little sacrifice, but lifelong habits are built one small step at a time.

Jesus set an example of accomplishing the goals set out for him by being willing to both submit to outside authority and sacrifice himself for the good of others (John 17:2–4). We can follow this example regardless of our religion or faith.

I want to close with one of my favorite verses from the Bible. It is a part of Jesus’ prayer just before his trial and crucifixion and sums up the purpose of Good Friday and Easter. “And what is eternal life? It is knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” John 17:3.

Written by KARL STEINKAMP

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
Ms. Shawna Wood is dedicated to mentoring and discipling the next generation. Shawna has a Master of Education and has been at Dalat since 2012, first as Middle School principal and now as Deputy Head of school.
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