Lead to Eternityfor: Students

As Christians, it is not our job to save people. That is God’s job. However, he does use us as vessels in order to tell others about His love. It is our job to show Christ’s love in everything that we do.  It says in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. But, it is not our job to save them, we are simply to lead them to God, and He takes care of the rest. But, we need to get others to that point. We need them to reach out to God so He can save them. We need to lead them to eternity by leading them to the cross. For example, when I was in 4th grade, a new kid moved in. And I instantly wanted to know everything about him, he just seemed different. Nobody else in the school really took interest in him at all, so he was already kind of lonely. After getting to know him, I learned that he came from an extremely broken family and was living with his grandparents. I also learned that he was an atheist. Through the years, I constantly had conversations with him about God and religion, and I had invited him to church many times, but he never came. Finally, in 9th grade, I invited him to one of my church’s youth retreats. He never responded to any of the services that entire weekend until we got to the last service. The speaker was talking about how God can and will forgive us of anything we have done in our past, and that there is nothing we can do to separate us from His unconditional love for us. And that’s what this student needed to hear, and he gave his life to Christ and has been forever changed. He had been taking in the information from the services all weekend, and decided that he wanted what God had to offer. After 5 years of becoming best friends with this student and taking an interest in his life, he finally gave his life to God that year. 4 years later and he is graduating high school this year and going to college to get his degree in Pastoral Ministry.

All it takes is an interest in someone’s life, and showing them that there is someone who cares about them for them to become attentive to what you have to say.  It took 5 years of constantly reaching out to this kid, but once I was able to get him to a certain spot, God took over the rest. He was able to change this student’s life in seconds, and save his life.

As Christians, it is not our job to save people. That is God’s job. However, he does use us as vessels in order to tell others about His love. It is our job to show Christ’s love in everything that we do.  It says in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them...

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Live on Purposefor: Students

What does it mean to live on purpose? Living on purpose means to live for more than yourself. It means putting your own selfish ambitions aside and putting other peoples’ needs before yours. It means stepping outside of your comfort zone. It means to live dangerously. It’s so easy to live apathetically, but when you’re a Christian you’re called to become dangerous, and to do risky things, and put yourself out there. But you aren’t doing this for no reason, you’re doing it with the mindset of others first, which means something. Living with a mindset of selflessness. There are many times where I have been hesitant to talk to someone about God just because I don’t want them to think that I am weird. And I always regret not doing it. But there have been times where I have overcome that feeling of intimidation and talked to people, and it is always worth it. For example, when I had a class with a kid that was new, I talked to him and learned that he needed God. I made it my mission to get this kid to come to church. And every week he said he would, but never came. I would talk to him every time we had class. I was nervous to ask him most of the time because I didn’t want to bother him too much. Or I would be nervous because I didn’t want him to not be my friend just because I kept asking him. But at this point, we were close enough friends that he didn’t blow me off just because of my beliefs. And after months of asking, he finally came. And in service that night, he began to pray for God to forgive him of things he had done in his life, and something hit him so hard that he just fell to his knees in worship. He had an amazing encounter with God that night. And he gave his life to God. And that to me was worth all of the nervousness and uncomfortableness I felt along they way. In the end, God worked it all out. We just have to deny ourselves and put God and others before our own selves.  That’s what it mainly boils down to: not being selfish. Selfishness is a powerful tool used by the enemy to keep you from reaching others. Living for yourself and worldly things mean nothing. Riches are meaningless. It says in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” When we learn to live for not only others, but for God as well, we learn to become less selfish. We start to live for others in this way, giving us a purpose in life.

What does it mean to live on purpose? Living on purpose means to live for more than yourself. It means putting your own selfish ambitions aside and putting other peoples’ needs before yours. It means stepping outside of your comfort zone. It means to live dangerously. It’s so easy to live apathetically, but when you’re a Christian...

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