To my fellow CBU student peers:
How many sermons have we sat through that cut to the core and revealed the change we must encounter through and for the love of Christ? How many class lectures have we listened to and agreed with in our hearts was truth? How many chapels have we attended and knew the message was right and our lives would change?
And how many times have we not integrated them into our lives? The nodding of our heads is not sufficient, but the love for Christ is what compels us to no longer move through the life the way we have, changing our habits, intentions, and expectations.
Friends, let us move on from agreeing with truth we hear today and begin to intentionally live it out in our actions.
Last week I finally realized that despite having heard truthful sermons, spot-on chapel speakers, and amazing lectures in class, I have yet to actually integrate them into my life. Have I honestly gone through four and a half years of college to find my spiritual growth is nearly in the same spot as when I graduated high school?
When do I expect myself to change? When I have time or the resources or the heart? I have more time now then I will after graduation to begin learning disciplines that could have been ingrained in me three years ago. I have resources at my fingertips since I own a Bible, have wi-fi connection, and am blessed with God-fearing and God-loving faculty at my college that I can easily schedule an appointment to talk. My heart will only grow more bitter, cold, and distant from the Lord the longer I put off these disciplines, because the essence of learning them is out of love for the Father.
My lack of obedience has been denied and covered up with the excuses that I am busy, school is my priority, I need sleep, etc. If my relationship with the Father and my obedience to making disciples who can make disciples has been placed on the back burner because of homework, papers, classes, and eve church itself, then I must not expect it to be much different when I am pursuing a Master’s Degree or getting a paralegal certificate or finding an internship.
But, if I begin today and even now to understand that my life flow is integrated and a part of my relationship with Christ, as well as opportunity to minister to others, then perhaps my expectations can have a better outlook for the future.
Lord, I pray my heart will be set on You, not losing its zeal to pursue You and You alone.