“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 18:19-20
Going to a Christian university is great. Professors, and most students, are believers, so prayer flows freely, hermeneutics are debated over casserole in the caf, and summer missions trips are discussed while hammocking on the quad. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with this picture. Being able to attend a Christ-centered university is such a blessing. In America, we’re so fortunate to be able to freely practice our religion and to even establish schools rooted in that faith.
My problem is with myself. It is so easy to be a Christian in that environment. When everyone around you believes the same thing, there’s no conflict. It’s when I get off campus that being a Christian becomes more difficult. When I get outside the bubble of Bible loving believers, there’s hostility and conflict. I hate conflict. My gut instinct is to shy away from it. But that’s not what we’re called to do. We’re called to go and make disciples of all the nations (Matt. 28:19). Our message is the one with the power to save souls and change lives! The Gospel should give us confidence. If that’s not enough, God promises to be with us, every step of the way (Matt. 28:20b)! How one receives the message we share is not on us; it’s God that works in the heart. It’s simply our responsibility to share the message which brings peace that surpasses all understanding.
Prayer: God, give me the boldness and courage to stand alone for you. Remind me that my identity is not found in others’ opinions, but rather in your truth. Keep my eyes ever focused on you. In Jesus’ name, amen.