“..a negative tongue reveals a fearful heart, a harsh tongue reveals an angry heart, a boastful tongue reveals an insecure heart, an overactive tongue reveals an unsettled heart, a judgmental tongue reveals a guilty heart, a critical tongue reveals a bitter heart, a filthy tongue reveals an impure heart, an encouraging tongue reveals a happy heart, a gentle tongue reveals a loving heart, a controlled tongue reveals the Spirit’s power in u.
….so.. What are u?”
“If you will be honest about your life, you will admit that God has never failed you… He may not have always given you what you wanted or orchestrated your life according to your desires or taken your advisement on His providential care for you, but when it comes down to it, He has never, ever failed you… You have never been without His love and sovereign care.”
what is university even for, anyway?
When I started my degree I set out to smash out high distinctions, meet more people than names I could remember, develop life-long friendships and throw myself wholeheartedly into the Christian group on campus. Whilst these were good desires, God has slowly chiseled away at what I want for my degree, and started to shed light on what He wants.
I’ve come to realize that if all of life is an act of worship to God, then my degree is an act of worship to God. It was given by Him to be used for Him.
As my degree draws to a close and I submit that last assignment and soon put on that blue robe, what is it I wanted to have accomplished at University? Even better still - what does God desire for me to accomplish at University?
Our mission is clear at the end of Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus has given His disciples one command as our mission: make disciples. Do with others what I have done with you, Jesus said.
“Don’t just sit in a classroom; share your lives. Don’t just built extravagant assignments; build extraordinary people. Make disciples who make disciples who will make disciples, and together multiply the gospel to all peoples. This is the simple command that was to drive the Church (David Platt).
And the simple command that is to drive each of our lives and each of our degrees.
The moments I truly remember from my degree are those spent investing in people, like meeting up one-to-one with another Christian to study the bible, or doing walk up with a friend and sharing the gospel. It is in these moments of the gospel going out that I find the satisfying purpose true joy.
Whether you’re in first year, about to graduate, or somewhere in between, my encouragement to you is twofold: (1) relentlessly pursue intimacy with Jesus, and, as an overflow of that, (2) relentlessly make disciples at university, through sharing the gospel of Jesus with your lives and lips.
Again, David Platt once said,
‘Disciple making is not a call for others to come to us to hear the gospel but a command for us to go to others to share the gospel.’
So let us GO, and actively seek to tell students at University campus’ across the world the good news of the gospel!
And remember, once you’ve graduated, you haven’t ‘made it.’ The key is realizing—and believing—that this world is not your home. If you and I ever hope to free our lives from worldly desires, thinking, pleasures, values and ambitions, then we must focus our lives on another world, where we will stand beside all those who have trusted in Jesus and sing together,
‘Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen’ (Revelation 7:12).
As a ring of gold in a pig’s snout, so is a lovely woman who has no discretion. Proverbs 11:22
Discretion: showing judgement in your conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.
The world calls us to flaunt our beauty at every turn; to speak what’s on our minds with no regrets; to wear and say and do what we feel like.
But Proverbs says something quite different…
Why would anyone put precious gold through a pig’s nose? What a waste! The maker of that ring of gold probably didn’t intend for it to end up on the snout of a pig.
And that’s exactly how God sees our actions when we lack discretion - what a waste of beauty! What a waste of a beautiful body which He has created to honor Him in marriage; what a waste of beautiful lips that could be used to speak the Gospel, to heal and encourage; instead of gossiping or speaking in anger and spite.
Don’t waste your beauty in doing/saying unworthwhile things.
Bible refs:Prov. 2:11, Prov. 5:2, Prov. 8:12, Prov. 19:11