How to Be a Student and a Disciple
Being a student has many demands and obligations. The constant demands of assignments, projects, exams, papers, readings, etc. All these obligations will lead us to the ultimate college goal, which is to gain a degree in the major we are pursing. As a scholar, our responsibilities are obvious; we tend to school and whatever needs it may bring. Although, we are Christian women, our identity is more than a student, and our calling is more than the career we are working for. We are Christian women who in this season are investing time into a future career. Aside from our duties at school, we have a much bigger calling that is eternal.
While on this Earth, our calling is to speak the word of God, living through and for Him. Although sometimes it may feel as if school is taking time from our lives, leaving us unable to dedicate more time to other things, but it really is not. I have learned that we all have time to do absolutely everything we want, as long as we make the time for it. School is not taking our time or focus from our calling. In fact, being in school gives us the opportunity to meet new people, with so the opportunity to share the Word of God. As a student, there is one thing that you must absolutely master in order to succeed and avoid failure. What is that you ask? Time management. Yup, time management. You see, as a student, every part of our lives demands great things. From our social life, scholar life, work life, church life, family life; all these make up our whole world, each having responsibilities of its own. Time management is the key to everything, but always prioritize. We must constantly be planning your next move, planning how long each thing will take. But priorities are what we must focus on. To be a successful Christian student, the priority above all things is God. He is above school, above family, above church, because our relationship with Him is essential to everything else that makes our life. He is who we should above all and always make time for every single day, because He shapes us into the disciples we need to be to reach the world we are living in.
“With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”(Isaiah 26:9, New King James Version)
Once we put God above all else, all other things fall directly into place. To be a student and a disciple at our campus, the time we spend with God is crucial. Why? Because we are constantly in communication with Him, and that faithful relationship encourages us to constantly speak about the one we love and who loves us. As a disciple, what we share to the world around us comes directly from the moments we spend with the one above. God is the essence of everything we are, everything we do, and everything we are pursuing. He makes us who we are, and above being a college student, we are students of God. Our relationship with Him, shapes the type of disciple we are, and whether the world is listening to us or not. The outside world sees the “sparkle” God puts in our eyes, and they see when our heart is in the right direction. We want everyone around us to see God in us, around us, and hearing Him through our words.
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35, NKJV)
As a Christian, our calling through this season goes far beyond that of simply being a “student.” Our calling also refers to being a disciple of God and with so sharing His word to those who need Him. Through this season of hard scholarly work, endless hours of studying and working, we must also dedicate time to our Godly calling. The best part about this, is that we don’t have to make separate time for both, but instead we can do them together. Our campus is a free range full of possibilities and of people who need love, and what better love to show them than the love of God. Go out there today, in class, on campus, at the library, anywhere- and share what God has taught you today.
New King James Version (NKJV)
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