Thriving at College

21 Oct

I read an awesome article today titled Thriving at College by Dr. Alex Chediak, an associate professor at California Baptist University.  Here are some parts that I feel are worth highlighting.

How can a Christian thrive at college instead of flirting with sin or rejecting his faith?  First, by not negotiating Christian morality (Eph. 5:3-11).  Befriending non-Christian or marginally Christian students need not include practicing activities that clearly displease God or defile your conscience.  Second, by loving God with your mind – seeking to be the best student you can possibly be, given the measure of gifting with which you’ve been entrusted, fruitfully cultivating your God-given talents into skills that prepare you for the vocation with which you will serve the Lord after graduating.  In the meantime, being a student is a vocation, and the work of a student is intrinsically good and a gift from God.  Apply yourself in this season of preparation.  Third, by seeking to grow in godliness within a community that provokes you to vigorously kill sin (Rom. 6:12-14; Heb. 12:1-2), to put away childishness, and to “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God” (William Carey).  In short, college should be a launching pad into all that accompanies responsible Christian adulthood.

Because God’s common grace is distributed to all, non-Christian professors have a wealth of expertise in their respective disciplines.  Pay attention to their lectures and assiduously complete their assignments.  Learn from them even while you scrutinize their philosophical underpinnings.

Joe gets A’s in calculus and physics with little effort, while Jason works his heart out to get B’s.  Unfair?  No, since nobody has anything that they have not received (1 Cor. 4:7), and every talent we receive is to be fruitfully cultivated for the service of God and neighbor.  Furthermore, our divergent levels of gifting help us discern our calling.  Failing in engineering may be God’s means to lead you into a fruitful career in accounting and business.  We work coram Deo, not unto man (Col. 3:23; 1 Cor. 10:31).

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