MH College fam, it’s getting close to that time again. Ready or not, finals are just a few weeks away. For this finals season, I want to give you a picture of what not to do, using my very own story.
Now, some of you already give 110% in your school work, and finals is a time where you may wrestle with finding your identity in your work rather than Christ. While this blog is more directed at good ole’ procrastination, I do want to take a moment to remind you of what one of my fellow college residents, Rilee Blackwell, said back in December:
“Friends, walk out of your finals with your head held high, knowing your hope is not in how well you did but in Jesus Christ himself. Your grades are not certain, but Jesus surely is. Your GPA is continually changing; yet, Jesus remains constant. Trust the One whose love is steadfast and endures forever, even in the midst of finals week.”
Finals for the Comfort of Patrick
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If you would have asked me in college, I would have told you this verse applied to every area of my life. After all, the verse says, “whatever you do.” However, while I would have mentally assented to that point, my life didn’t support it. One glaring area of my life that I’d yet to submit to the command of this verse was school work.
When finals came around, it was no different. My finals week was defined by cramming forty-five minutes before a final, going on “very important” Cookout runs to avoid writing a paper, and saying, “It’s vanity anyway,” after walking out of a final that I knew didn’t go well. As I mentioned before, I think that much of this was due to the fact that I hadn’t viewed my school work as an opportunity to glorify God. I only thought about my work selfishly, and because school wasn’t my favorite thing, I didn’t give it my all.
Finals to the Glory of God
Now, I’d like to charge you with the same thing I should have reminded myself of a few years ago. When Paul says, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” he’s telling us to literally do everything we do for God’s glory. I think as Christians we take this verse and apply it to many parts of our lives, such as fighting sin, being on mission, serving others, and even praying before a meal. However, this verse isn’t limited to the “churchy” things we do. This verse says that in everything we do, including school, work, and driving, we are to do it to the glory of God.
The way I did my school work didn’t communicate that I was seeking to glorify God. It showed that I loved to be comfortable. The classmates who I invited to Mercy Hill or shared the gospel with could look into my life and see that what I shared and how I viewed my school work didn’t align. If your story is similar to mine, you need to hear that there is still time this semester to view your school work through the lens of the gospel.
So, what does this mean for you? Well, there are a couple things. First, remember that in Christ you have been given a new identity that can never be taken away regardless of how the end of the semester turns out. Secondly, when you’re tempted to procrastinate and give up on studying or finishing a paper, look to Jesus for endurance. There you will see all that he bore to bring you into his family, and then you will work well for his glory.
-Patrick Anderson (College Team)