Our school year theme reminds us of who we are because of the grace of God: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Who are we? We are the “righteousness of God.” In other words, when God looks at us, he is pleased. He sees people who are “right” and pure, people who are without fault or blame.
But how can this be? This is true because of what Jesus “became” for us: “God made him who had no sin to ‘be’ (or become!) sin for us.” Jesus, who was sinless, “became sin” when he died on that cross. Martin Luther once said this about Jesus: “You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not.”
Every Lakeside student is “righteous” in the eyes of God because of Jesus. By the grace of God, this is who we all have “become.” While going to school, we’re often tempted to focus on our popularity, our grades, our performance in sports or other activities, and base our confidence and self-worth on those things. We are not “somebody” until we have success with friends, grades, and athletics - or so we think, sometimes.
God says that we have already “become” somebody. In Christ, we have become the righteousness of God. This is better than being a 4.0! This is better than being the captain of the team, or the most popular student. Each one of us is the righteousness of God. This gives us confidence and self-worth that goes beyond anything we can find in this world. May this good news encourage us and inspire us to live lives that glorify him during this school year.
Quarter 1: Look at what we have become: the righteousness of God. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Quarter 2: Look at all the blessings that have become ours! We have become spiritually rich: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Quarter 3: Look at what we become as we grow in our faith: spiritually mature and more like Christ. “Christ himself gave... the pastors and teachers…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-14)
Quarter 4: Look at what we become as we witness our faith to others: all things to all people: “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22).
In early 2013. your Lakeside Lutheran received a 5-year accreditation through AdvancED, the K-12 division of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
In spring 2018, your LLHS successfully underwent the process of re-accreditation. As part of this process, the committee asked a number of random students and adults on campus for one word that describes Lakeside. The results became the graphic you see here.
(The more often a particular word was given as a response, the larger it appears.)