When thinking about my next steps after graduation, my mind was full of questions. I thought about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be, but I honestly had no idea. Let’s face it, college is pretty amazing. All of your friends are in one place, and you keep pretty busy between class, community, and clubs. The thought of leaving this little world to take on the “real” world can seem overwhelming.
As a college student, there are endless possibilities available during your time there as well as after you receive your degree. The first time I heard about the Tampa church plant, I said to myself, “Wow, these people must be crazy to pick up their lives, quit their jobs, and move ten hours away for the sake of the gospel.” Then I realized, “Wow, I’m crazy for doing that…So, I’m doing that.”
This summer, I am moving to Tampa, Florida to be a part of the launch team of New City Church, and I am so excited. I committed to the team just a few days after attending my first interest meeting. I was sitting there thinking in my head, “Okay, well, if I do this are my parents going to support me? How am I going to find a job right out of college with no work experience and no connections? Is there even anyone on this team my age?”
Then the father of a family of eight stood up and started talking about their decision to move their family to Tampa. Talk about sacrifices! This family has to sell their house, buy a new one, and find new schools, basketball teams, friend groups, and so on. In that moment, I realized how little this move had to do with me. I knew I had nothing keeping me here in the Triad. I was ready to be sent.
The Ultimate Sacrifice
When we think about picking up our lives and moving for the sake of the gospel, I think it’s easy to assume this task is for some type of “special” person. In reality, we are all called to do this. Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded of you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This verse is an awesome reminder that we are called to go, we are equipped to go, and we are not alone when we decide to go. The Lord has given each of us unique gifts and has placed each of us in the mission field. Ultimately, it comes down to this truth: Jesus got on a cross and died for our sins. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. No sacrifice I make here on earth is ever going to compare to what Jesus did for you and me.
Being sent is not easy, but neither was the life Jesus lived on earth. Being sent means being laughed at sometimes. It means being uncomfortable. It means rejecting dream job offers and letting go of any plans you imagined for yourself. It is doing so all for the sake of the gospel. How can you leverage your life? How can you use your time during college and after to share the gospel and pour into others? Challenge yourself to look outside of your bubble and open your eyes to the broken world around us.
Be open to being sent where the gospel has not yet been heard and accepted. Be sent.
-Katie Chandler (MH College Leader)