“Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.” 2 Kings 23:25
This is a monumental year for MCA as we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year as a school. As I look back over my almost 20 years here, we have seen not only incredible growth in students and programs but more importantly we have been witness to God moving so powerfully in our midst. I would never have dreamed in 1998 that our school would grow to what it is today.
I remember in the early days as we were planning that we continually prayed and asked God to make us a distinctive Christian school that would bring honor and glory to His name. Our heart was not only to provide a top-quality education but also to be a place that would lead students into a deep relationship with God. After 25 years, I would say that we are more passionate than ever about being the school that God would have us to be.
I love what 2 Kings 23:25 says about who King Josiah was in the Lord. This was a man who had turned “to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength” and thus 2 Kings tells us that there has “never before or never since” been a king like him.
My heart and prayer for Metrolina is that it would be said of us as a school that “never before has there been a school like MCA” because of our total commitment to the Lord in all we do. Our school is committed to following the Lord’s plan for us and making a difference in our community for His Kingdom.
One of the most important ways in which the MCA community can fulfill this commitment is for each of us to commit our lives to the Lord as never before. God has impressed on my heart the need daily to grow closer to God in my role as the leader of this great school. A wise man once told me as a pastor and as a leader that the folks around me will never rise up above where I am at spiritually. Therefore, I want to know Him more deeply, love Him more completely, and serve Him more passionately.
What could God do with us as individuals and us as a school if we would give ourselves to Him completely? The great evangelist Dwight L. Moody answered that question years ago when he said: “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”
I pray that we will aim to be the person and the school that God would have us to be! A “never before people and school!”