Faithfulness in College Is ‘Life-Wide’

Stephen Lutz | August 19, 2015

The student sat across the table from me with an incredulous, unbelieving look on his face. “What do you mean I should ‘reconsider my priorities?’ God brought me here to be a student, first and foremost.”

While his parents surely would have loved hearing how serious he was about his studies, I wanted him to think beyond his “nothing at the expense of my schoolwork” mentality. And this made him uncomfortable.

Reframing Academic Work

I wanted him to reframe his vocation as a student and to put his academic work in its rightful place. After all, academic work—like all work—has its “thorns and thistles,” but it’s a gift of God that can help us know Jesus Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).

In order for academic work to glorify God we have to see it as a high calling, but not the be-all, end-all. Good, but not ultimate. It’s during the college years that we learn faithfulness is lifelong and “life-wide.” Lifelong, in that our calling covers not only the college years but every year that follows; and life-wide, covering not only academic work but every other area of life as well. In…

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