I was reading one night and the Holy Spirit suddenly placed this on my heart, As I wrote it down I wasn’t even sure what direction it would take, but I knew that somehow He would tell me what direction He needed me to go. With that, I fell asleep or well I thought I did but as I slept the Holy Spirit ministered to me what He wanted me to say and the direction to go. As He ministered to me, I realized how important it would be to share this because some of these things I really wish I had paid attention to.
Every kid looks forward to college or university. I mean we are finally free, college is a place our life’s identity is forged and where we make a name for ourselves. Most importantly, where we don’t have our parents or teachers or for some of us who went to boarding schools: housemasters/mistresses monitoring us. We are free!! *Now playing in my head… The Freedom song from Sarafina lol*
I entered university at the age of 18 years. I entered as a pastor’s kid and churchgoer, definitely not a Christian. Before I confuse you, no they are not the same thing. I was following religion and not living the Christ-kind of life. I mean I was living life avoiding the don’ts of the Old Testament and trying hard to do the things required of me, not because I was a lover of Christ and my heart was full of Him but because I felt I had to please my parents and couldn’t bear to embarrass them. I also simply liked the safe route in life but my heart was far from being formed into the image of Christ and it was evident in my life. I was what they called a lukewarm Christian. I was following the rules but my life was devoid of the love of Christ or the consciousness of my righteousness. I wasn’t walking in the image of Christ; neither was He Lord over my life. I wanted a taste of both worlds, Christian enough to be blessed but worldly enough to fit in. God was to me a King my parents lived for and that was it. I mean it was only polite I respected Him as well and tried to live accordingly.
This post is definitely something I wish I knew when I was in university so hopefully someone now entering or in it now would be blessed by it as I’m blessed writing it now. Before I start, the first thing I wish I knew was, that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a lifestyle. It isn’t what you do or don’t do; it’s who you become. It’s an identity of Christ you adopt as you die to yourself.
Most of us play something that looks like Christianity. It’s by our strength and not by the grace of God freely given to us that’s why we constantly fail at it. It’s not a life we live out of the abundance of the heart but an act we only try to practise. Honestly, I felt I was too young to commit to God entirely. I mean it would require too much from me (foolishness I know). It’s why I never saw the move of God manifest greatly in my life. Looking back, I was only shielded and enjoying the blessing from my parents’ obedience and devotion to Him and not my personal encounter. That is frightening and sad for me to realize now. Don’t be like me, don’t be comfortable in the fact that you don’t do some things or you can quote some scripture. The devil knows scripture as well remember? Don’t be comfortable with the fact you do the routine and play church, it’s not enough. You need to know Him for who He is, have a personal relationship with Him and have Him Lord your life and change you from the inside out. That’s why it’s called being born again; it’s a total change in identity.
Don’t be like me and decide to wait till you are out of university and in crisis before you seek Him. University can be one of the life changing periods of your life, either for good or bad. I watched people give their lives to Christ; others give up their salvation to ‘good living’. I watched people like myself; learn harsh lessons that have changed the outlook on life forever. I watched people lose themselves so much; you physically could not recognize them and I watched people make mistakes that would stay with them forever. Don’t let that be you, don’t be the person who comes out of university worse than you went in, don’t even come out the same. Let God’s glory be seen through you even more than you entered. God is interested in you furthering your education but even more interested in forming good character in you during that stage. He’s interested in your heart more than your degree. He’s interested in you affecting people for the kingdom than merely making purposeless acquaintances. For us believers, we are never placed anywhere just because. Yes, your guardians placed you there for knowledge and a degree but God permitted it for so much more. This is only an intro, we would definitely talk more on this soon.
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” – Ecclesiastes 12:1
Stay blessed!!! Xoxo