As we near the end of this semester, I am reminded that leadership and commitment are often hard, challenging, draining, and frustrating while at the same time life giving, character building (often in ways we don’t even see), fruit nurturing, and impactful– in Christ’s measurements of what that means.
Galatians 6:9 tells us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
If you are a Christian, your ultimate example in living YOUR life is Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith.” He is always faithful, even when (maybe especially when), you have been faithless. And yet, He has chosen you to serve and you have responded with, “HERE AM I, SEND ME!” …and not for just when it is easy and it is good for you, but when it is hard.
- When you don’t like it anymore, will you just give up and give in?
- When “the grass looks greener” somewhere else, will you just turn and run there?
- When no when seems to be paying enough attention to you, will you stop serving?
- When life takes a turn you haven’t anticipated, will you no longer be committed??!!
I love each of our leadership and I am so thankful for those who have come before us and for those who now serve. I remember the words of Hebrews 12 and think of those who have laid the foundation for us today…
1″Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Do Not Grow Weary
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
College ministry is so important, timely, and relevant. I look forward to what God is going to do through BCM leaders simply because we stayed the course and were faithful to HIM, even when we were at times unsure, anxious, troubled, and disjointed. Let’s recommit to our first Love and decide we will love one another, each choose to be the leaders God is calling US to be, and challenge one another to be the best we can be to meet the needs God has given us on this campus and to the world—true disciples who are seeking to raise up other disciple- makers of Christ!
LOVE YOU. MEAN IT! Dr. Jerry