Declaration upon Graduation

My mate Esther is my brilliant guest blogger this week. I asked her to reflect back on life since graduating and how our faith stands the test of time the other side of Uni. Here's what she wrote, from the heart, a call to choose to follow...

Faith in God is a decision; it is a daily decision. 

We choose to believe because the gospel rings true and we continue to believe because we cannot deny that truth which first grasped our attention. Out testimony is that we are saved by the grace of Jesus Christ and our faith is in God’s forgivingness and God’s desire to be in relationship with us. 

Our faith is not in how good we felt that first time we accepted Christ as our saviour nor how well we sang at our baptism, it is not rooted in the leaders of our church, or our mentors, and least of all in ourselves , but in the person of Jesus Christ, God our father, and in the Holy Spirit. We have faith in the Sovereignty of God, the authority of his will in our lives and so we decide to remain firm in him, trusting, obeying, growing, pressing onwards towards heaven, believing in eternity and living this life in such a way that God is glorified. 

And while we’re trying, while we’re slogging away through the grit and the hardship that we are sure to meet in life, we have faith that we’re fighting through for a cause that is divine, that is true and for a God who speaks these things into our lives; patience, acceptance, confidence, kindness, joy, and above all grace and forgiveness for all that we have done wrong, for all the bad decisions, for the lack of wisdom, for the self-destruct button we push over and over again in our attempts to enjoy life. 

We are human, God is God, we stray away, we come back, God is God, we reject and rebel, but God is God, we laugh and we mock, yet still God is God.

There is no way we can change who he is to bend towards our ideals, our agendas and our pursuits. But we can choose to change our hearts and our minds to bow before his parenthood; we choose to engage with a relationship that is steadfast. 

“Draw Close to me, and I will draw close to you.” (James 4:8) says the LORD. 

Faith is a decision, faith is the key, faith is not a weak choice to believe in something impersonal and far away. Faith is being “Sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is based on truth not based on feeling. And truly I pray you will pursue faith with every inch of your being.

Miriam Swanson

Global Student Mission Leader

Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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