I have noticed a trend among college aged people and especially here at Texas A&M that believers primarily hang out with those that share their same faith. I agree that community is very important, and we are supposed to bear one another’s burdens in our pursuit of Christ. However, this isn’t supposed to separate us from the rest of the world, let alone the rest of campus.
So many times we judge others who don’t choose the same lifestyle as us or do things differently than we do. Yet, we regard Paul as one of the best writers through the Holy Spirit after he spent years persecuting and killing Christians. Paul writes in Ephesians 2,
“All of us once among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else, But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Life isn’t supposed to be comfortable or easy. So why do we try so hard to make it that way?
All too often, we adopt the actions and personalities of those around us. I know I have struggled with this a lot, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one. However, instead of trying to become one in a crowd, we should strive to show our love for Christ every minute of the day. It will be uncomfortable. It will be different from everyone else. It will spark some curiosity, but this is exactly what the good Lord wants.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” -Ephesians 4:32-5:2.
As a group that other students look up to, and as friends to those around us, the difference between how we live and how others live should be apparent. We shouldn’t wait until we get into the business world or after we get a degree to start living out and sharing our faith. Our work starts now!
“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” -Colossians 3:17
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what it’s made for.”
Embrace being uncomfortable.