There are so many things happening in the world that seem to testify to human depravity. There are rumors of wars, chaos in government, and people are dying everyday for reasons which are just not good enough. Christians are being persecuted the world over, and crises are brewing everywhere it seems. This is not just a montage of events and things to discuss in your politics class; This is your world, and you have to live in it.
You are a college student, and as cheesy as it may sound, you are the very immediate future. What you do today will equip you to face the world–and help it–tomorrow. That means everything you gain can be used as arsenal to do God’s will on this earth (according to God’s will): The development of your character, your skill set, your passion and drive, and of course, love for and relationship with God. Imagine that–the world is really in need of your ability to hear from the Lord. Therefore, your education and spiritual maturity is our–my–hope, and your top priorities! The world is betting on you to be our superheros and supersheros.
We know as Christians that Jesus is the ultimate solution for everyone’s problems, and that the trajectory of history is going to play out in accordance with this truth and God’s word. Yet, we have an obligation and call today to be Jesus’ hands and feet wherever we go, being the world’s conscience and not being afraid to speak what Jesus tells us to say. Jesus told Paul, “Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace. For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10, KJV). I believe He is saying the same thing to you about assuming your position in this world.
For this reason, you are not to fear what is taking place in our world, but as you embrace the spirit of Christ, you are to walk boldly in your calling. As you are transformed from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, know that you are made perfect in love, and perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). Imagine if Martin Luther King succumbed to his fear. If your are African-American–perhaps you would not even be attending the college you’re at now, or perhaps you would you not be able to eat anywhere you wanted. Or–better yet–what if Jesus succumbed to His fear?! There’d really be no hope, and we’d simply be walking in a promised doom. Thank God that He didn’t succumb.
And you should not succumb to your fear, either. Get ready for battle, everyday. Guard and armor up, because you are here to fight and win. The spiritual armor includes the helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, shoes of the gospel, and a belt of truth (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Never fear, Your God is with you.
Prayer: Lord, please bless these readers with strengthened faith, a love for You that runs deep, and a fearlessness to meet the goliaths of our time. Please equip them with Your power to face the unique problems of our age. Speak to their hearts and please order their steps in true wisdom which only comes from You. May they walk in strong faith, strong identity, and a willingness to be Your hands and feet here on Earth. Thank you Jesus for Your sacrifice on the cross to bear the sins of the world. All these things I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.