See You There…
This Wednesday, September 28th – 30 minutes before class begins you have an opportunity. Days slip through our hands like sand through an hourglass and Scripture tells us to ‘make the best use of the time, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:16).’ See You at The Pole is a special event in my opinion because it is completely student driven. Schools here in the Northwest don’t have the friendliest tone toward followers of Jesus and an event like this is very easy for students to just flake out on but it would be a mistake to do so.
I think the emphasis I have had in conversation with students this year has shifted; in years past it has been about demonstrating your faith in a missional way that others would notice. Hopefully a conversation would come or other believers would be encouraged to step up in their faith as well. While these are worthwhile reasons this year it has been about something more pressing – that God would rescue us from ourselves.
Hebrews 4:16 says, ‘Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ We have such an incredible opportunity every day to lift our needs to God and beg for his undeserved favor in our lives but on this day we have a special moment to do that with brothers and sisters in Christ on our campuses.
Paul talks about a time when people would no longer endure ‘sound teaching’ and would turn to words that just make them feel better about who they already are and what they’re already doing, regardless of how God feels about it (2 Tim. 4:3), WE’RE THERE! Our schools have become a mockery of missional living for God as people who call themselves Christians live in ways that show very clearly they are not, defaming the name of The Most High.
Let’s focus on being the kind of followers that God chooses to use in dramatic ways on our campuses this year. Let’s put aside the lifestyles of sin, regardless of how convenient or acceptable they are and step into who God is calling us to be. And as Hebrews 4 suggests we need God to grant us the mercy in holding back what we deserve and the grace to send us what we don’t for every day.