“For to me to live is Christ.” Philippians 1: 21a
than once, I have heard this rhetoric “Your academics is the primary reason you
are in school.” The purpose of the statement is to charge students to focus and
take their academics serious. While I do not doubt the good intentions of these
speakers, I sense a misplacement of priority in the lives of Christian
students! The other side of the coin is that students learn some values on the
campus, many times not-Christian, and apply them in addressing life issues even
after graduation. For us as Christian youths, there ought to be a balance of
seeing academics as a platform to live out your Christian values and showcase
the goodness of Jesus Christ to your course-mates, and others in the school
community – not just studying to earn good grades.
my dad was traumatic for me as a student. The motivation that pushed me in
school came crashing. “What was the use of studying and working hard if I could
die anytime (even as a student)?” I thought. Thank God, He graciously gave me a
meaning to life – living not for myself but for Him who loved and died for me
(2 Corinthians 5:15)!
is the impact of the Gospel. By Christ’s death, we are offered an everlasting
hope of eternal life. For this purpose, we can choose to lay down our lives and
live fully for the Glory of God -- whether as students or not (1 Corinthians
10:31). This spurs us to hard work and excellence - not because of becoming
“great,” rather, as an expression of worship to God (Romans 12:1-2) and
reverent fear of Him (1 Peter 1:17)!