A line in the sand

Today is as much your day as tomorrow.

When Jesus was baptised he was making a statement of dedication.  This was the symbol of re-birth, the symbol of commitment.  From this point on Jesus stepped into challenge, miraculous goings on, hardship and new, deep friendships.  This is widely acknowledged as the start of Jesus’ amazing ministry, and is a turning point marked not by a great feat or achievement, but by a committing of himself to the life God laid before him.  The line in the sand as to where your life is headed in this next season need not be determined by the point at which you start doing impressive things or achieving impressive goals. 

It comes with a commitment to live the life that God is calling you to.

You don’t have to wait for your exam results, or start at uni to commit to a life lived in pursuit of Christ at university.  Now is the time to make that commitment, to decide who you want to be.

Here’s a little thought to leave you with.

Paul said of himself that he was “in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless” (Phil. 3:5-6).  This guy was intensely knowledgeable, scarily passionate and faultlessly well behaved.  Yet he missed the biggest thing God did – the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Messiah, the saviour of the world.  However knowledgeable, passionate and in-line your life may be, can I encourage you that there is more.  You don’t know it all, you can’t, and university is a great chance to allow God to blow your mind and preconceptions as to who he is and what he’s calling you to.  Making a commitment to follow God into the next three or four years is not a commitment to not changing or growing or discovering new things, its a commitment to living a life full of these.  There is always more to discover.

Now is the time to draw a line in the sand and decide about committing the next three to four years to God.  Now is the time, not based on achievement, accolade or location.  

Can I encourage you to commit now, as Jesus did, to live a life following God’s call in the unknown years ahead and to know, whatever the results, that he is for you and with you, and preparing great things for you up ahead.

Pippa Elmes

Ministry Training Leader

Pippa supports those in church based student ministry to do their job really well. She loves challenging churches to work with students and equipping them to pioneer new mission opportunities to reach students.                     

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