I can’t believe we’re half way through the summer! Where has the time gone? I’m sure many of you are laying by some body of water, catching all the sun rays, or maybe you’re cooped up at work, wishing you were out in the sun. Either way, in a month or so, you will be heading back to school. I’m sure you all have mixed feelings of whether you are excited for the new school year to start. Regardless, I want to encourage you to think about your heart posture as we enter this school year and prepare yourself with intentional time in prayer and the word.
In what ways is the gospel going to influence how you approach this school year? While it is still summer, take time to consider what your heart posture is going to be for this next season. You have an incredible opportunity to reach your campus with the gospel. Every day you will be sitting in class beside people who don’t know Jesus. This season is one of the few times in your life that you will be in such close proximity with so many people. Will you choose to take advantage of this?
The Lord doesn’t make mistakes when he places you somewhere. There is an entire book in the Bible that is written about a woman the Lord uses to save the Jewish people. Her name is Esther, and God placed her in the position of queen. There was no mistake that she was there to be used by God, and the same goes for you. Maybe you have been placed at your school, in your particular major, and living in your dorm for “such a time as this.” Let’s strive to be intentional with the time, relationships, and seasons that we’ve been given.
“…Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” -Esther 4:14b
If you’re not in the word now, then there is less of a chance that you will be when classes start. So, be intentional with spending time in the word this summer. God has given us his word. Take a moment to let that sink in—the Bible is a word from God. The God who knows all, is sovereign over all, and is all powerful has written to us!
Specifically, I want to encourage you to not just spend time in the word in order to know God more, not for some spiritual nugget that will get you through the day. He, and only he, is the one who will sustain you through your toughest times in college—those times when you’re stressed out because of an exam or when you have conflict with close friends. Let us focus on deepening our relationship with God now so that when those seasons come, we are prepared to lean into God.
Not only do you have the word of God, but you also have his ear. Be intentional in setting aside time to talk with God because prayer is powerful. In Ephesians 6, Paul talks about the armor of God, mentioning the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit. Then Paul says to, “pray at all times” (Ephesians 6:16-18). Prayer is a powerful weapon that we should arm ourselves with as we enter into another school year. Pray for your classmates and professors who don’t know the gospel. Pray for chances to share with them. Pray that the Lord would give you strength to resist temptation and boldness to speak truth in love to those around you.
I pray that this year does not involve going through the motions of school and life but that you would allow God to use you in powerful ways. I pray it would be a time that you take advantage of the opportunities and positions you’ve been given. Let this season be a time where you live intentionally with others and God!
-Kenzie Allred (College Team)