I know college students who are happy to be back at school. Sure, they enjoyed being home over the summer to see their parents and friends, and they worked hard at their summer job near or far from home (even overseas) to make money and gain work experience. But they feel more at home back in the rigors of classes, dorm life, and extracurricular activities, including their participation in Greek life, intramural or varsity sports, or Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship.
I know Chi Alpha staff around the country are elated that school has begun. They worked hard over the summer shoring up their financial support needs, raising money for fall blitz projects like “Welcome New Students,” preparing talks for weekly large group meetings, reviewing their student leadership expansion plans, prayer-walking their campus, and nailing down short and long term planning that includes spring break outreach and next summer mission options. But now it’s show time! They planned to work and now it’s time to work their plan and extend God’s Kingdom to more areas of their campus community.
We are constantly faced with decisions that threaten to alter the course of our lives. Should you take advanced physics on top of a full load of classes, while working part time, and being a student officer in three different student organizations? Should you maintain your frenetic pace at the expense of the international students who just arrived and live near you? Is being busy more important than extending hospitality by making time in your life for one more friend? How important is it to you to be sexually pure? To handle your money well? To have a good name?
Is it time to get serious about your spiritual growth and service as opposed to being a sponge, and merely living off of what you see others doing? Should you think now about using your spring break for something other than hanging with friends in a warm climate and consuming stuff?
There is nothing wrong with fun. God actually invented it. But we live in the most prosperous country in the world, with the greatest freedom and opportunity, and we are some of the richest people on the planet. A sacrifice isn’t a sacrifice if you do not lose something in the process.
Read Hebrews 11:24-28.
Moses knew about loss and sacrifice. As the adopted son of the Egyptian Pharaoh’s daughter, he had the best that the highest civilization of the day could offer. But he chose instead to identify with his enslaved people, the Israelites (Hebrews 11:25-26). Moses made a difficult, but right choice, “to be mistreated along with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” What does it look like to choose to be a follower of Jesus today?
Chi Alpha staff regularly choose to invest “in the few for the sake of the many,” knowing students will graduate and move on, and the process starts over. Our staff raise funds for their salary, insurance, and retirement in order to serve in a place where most folks never say thanks.
Students involved with Chi Alpha are taught and expected to learn, practice, and replicate godly character. That involves speaking the truth and sharing the truth. It requires preserving your principles and acting on them. It means knowing what you believe and why, being who you are, and standing up for both. A decision to be like Christ is one most folks are not eager to make.
Serve globally. The road less traveled makes all the difference now and for eternity.
Love is a verb,