Commitment. For many people in our culture, and maybe even yourself, this can be such a scary word, especially on the college campus. Take relationships for example. Think about how long couples will “talk” before they actually start dating. We created a relationship stage to prolong having to commit. Whether we’d like to accept it or not, fearing commitment is rooted in selfishness that comes from our sinful nature. However, as Christians, we are called to all types of commitment. We’re called to be committed to God (Matthew 22:37). We’re called to be committed to holiness (John 14:21). And often forgotten, we’re called to be committed to the church (Acts 2:42-47).
A couple weekends ago, all of the group leaders at Mercy Hill gathered together to be cared for, equipped, and refreshed. After our Saturday night main session, we spent over 30 minutes crying out to God to continue to save and send at Mercy Hill. During that time, I just began to recount all of the things God has done in my life and in the life of so many others I know at Mercy Hill. I’m not the most emotional person in the world, but as that time came to an end, I was in tears.
When I first came to Mercy Hill a little over five years ago, we were meeting at Bur-Mil park, and a few hundred people were gathering each week. Over the course of the next few years, I got to see God do some incredible things in this church. I can specifically remember a couple years ago being at a 5pm service at Regional and seeing thirty-five people get baptized at one service! I can list off handfuls of friends who have come to faith at Mercy Hill and been sent out to take the gospel to the ends of the earth! And, in my own life, over those years being involved in the college ministry at Mercy Hill, God transformed my life. I finally understood the life that Jesus offered me in the gospel, I began to fight sin instead of live in it, I’ve seen friends go from death to life, and I’ve known the whole time that Mercy Hill is where I belong. If you talked to my closest friends, they’d tell you that I came up with lots of bad excuses early on to not commit at Mercy Hill.
Over four years, I joined a group, did three summer projects, and started leading others. I served in our Kids and Student Ministry. I’ve done just about everything Mercy Hill offered me, and I am so grateful! As I look back, I’m thankful that God moved in my heart and I committed to being here during my freshman year of college.
What does this mean for you?
I want to urge you to not wait to commit to being part of the church. Your years in college are going to be some of the most formative and life-determining years. You’ll begin to learn more about yourself than ever before. You’ll have a lot of ups and a lot of downs (as you probably already know). And maybe most importantly, you’ll make decisions that will impact the rest of your life. When it comes to the church, don’t fall for the lie that, “I’ll take it more seriously when I get older.” You have the opportunity to not waste but invest these years. You have the opportunity to commit rather than live in fear. John Piper says, “You get one pass at life. That’s all. Only one. And the lasting measure of that life is Jesus Christ.”
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-Patrick Anderson (College Team)