It doesn’t work.
It can’t and will never work. Being half Christian and half worldly won’t get you anywhere but the furthest from God. It’s kind of like being half angel and half devil. You can’t be both, it’s impossible to serve two masters, right? (Matthew 6:24)
Sorry, but it’s true.
Jesus said that we are the light of the Earth (Matthew 5:14). You’ve probably heard that reference a lot, so much that you’ve become numb to that amazing truth and a lot of other truths. The other part of that scripture says, “A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” Let’s explore this for a while.
Imagine yourself in a dark tunnel. There’s probably several other people around you, but no one has a flashlight. But you do. You’re the only one with that light and you have to lead everyone around you out of that tunnel safely to the other side. Because of this, you have to hold your light high so everyone following you can see the way out. If you hide your light, not only will the other people following you be lost, but so will you.
That’s pretty much what Jesus was talking about when He named us the “Light” of the world. Some of us, including me, don’t deserve to be called a Light especially because of all of the darkness in our own life. But Jesus did away with that darkness with His death on the cross and offered us a way out. He was our light and He’s giving us the opportunity to be the light to everyone else.
Believe it or not, the people around you are watching. If you profess to be a follower of Jesus, people are watching. Some are waiting for you to mess up while others are looking for hope. Some are waiting for the chance to smear your name while others are looking for answers. Some are waiting for the chance to stay away from God while others are looking for a reason to run to Him.
Whatever they’re looking for, they are going to see it in you. Are you an adequate reflection of Jesus?
I know I’m not; not yet at least.
And I know it’s difficult, but I’m not giving up.
I know that my salvation is too precious to trade for a “good time” that lasts 2 seconds or 2 hours compared to eternity.
As college students, how do we stay focused?
The solution is two-fold.
First off, we need to figure out where we are with this whole God thing. It’s difficult to understand this calling if you don’t count the costs (Luke 9:23-26). Living for Jesus could cost you some relationships, some good times, some of your reputation. Living for Jesus could make people look at you differently, either out of respect or utter disdain. But one of the awesome things about Jesus is that He makes us new. All the old things are past away and all things are new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Don’t bury your Christianity in order to have a “great” college experience. Jesus isn’t looking for lukewarm Christians, but burning flames (Revelations 3:15-16).
Second, get plugged in. Find a group on campus or at your local church that is not only preaching the Bible, but living it. That second part is the key. Watch the lifestyle of your group. If it doesn’t add up to what God is saying, then get out, now.
Find a group that’s going to challenge you to grow. This may be harder than it sounds, but start talking to fellow Christians or the Pastor of your church. Most importantly pray for God’s direction. He’s pretty good at leading people where He wants them to be.
One more thing…
If you’ve fallen of the horse a little bit, it’s OK. Jesus is right there to pick you up. Just don’t think it’s alright to stay down.