Testimonies

Called According to His Purpose

I was both excited and a little intimidated by the new people, places, and opportunities that would await me at Georgia Tech. I was moving out of my parentsí house for the first time, and many of my high school friends were headed to various universities across the country. I accepted the Lord at a young age so something within me (the life of God!) wanted to seek out fellowship in my new college environment (1 John 1:2-3). But there were so many Christian groups! Which one would I choose?

During the summer before my freshman year, I received an invitation to a Christian Students welcome dinner. I was a Christian and a student so it seemed like it might be a fit to me. At the welcome dinner, I was impressed by the testimonies of a number of students who showed such a sincere love for the Lord. I was attracted by the joy of the Spirit and the solid foundation upon the truth in the Bible that I observed among those in the group.

Among many different activities with the club over the last few years, I have especially enjoyed meeting in the homes of Christian families on Friday nights. Home meetings have been a great way for me to take a break from school and pursue with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Tim. 2:22). The physical food is always great but itís the spiritual food from the Word (Matt 4:4) and the personal care I have received that provides an eternal supply after a tough week of classes (Phil 1:19).

One thing the Lord has been impressing me with in my college years is that our God is a God of purpose. Growing up, I always viewed the Bible from manís perspective. What is Godís plan and purpose for MY life? This is a normal and healthy concern for a Christian (James 4:13-15). But the Bible further reveals that God has an eternal purpose that does not change based on where I go to school or what career I choose (Eph 1:9, 11; 3:11; Rom. 8:28; Phil. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:9). Thereís a lot of vanity on a college campus, but I praise the Lord that has shown me something of his eternal purpose! ďSo we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.Ē (2 Cor 4:18)



J. Q.

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