The following are a few musings, rather than an exposition of Scripture, from a college student, who has found them to be useful in his own life. He hopes they will help you in yours.
I often find myself in moods of dangerous contemplation and introspection. If not processed and applied in an appropriate manner, these sessions of intellection easily become fruitless. Often times, in my personal life, this fruitlessness has to led to a sense of disappointment and frustration, but most of all apathy, towards school.
Once your world becomes a list of “must dos” and obligations, your motivation will slowly, but surely, fade. At least for me, doing something for the sake of itself leaves me completely dry when it comes to school, and other obligations which are easy for me to view as superficial and void of purpose.
I even occasionally struggle with writing for 1LightforGod. Many times I find myself sitting down at the end of a week to write a devotional because it’s “my turn”, searching and praying for a message to share with the online community, rather than taking the time to write when the Lord shares with me a new lesson, or experience.
How much better would it be to live driven by our passions, what we love and are meant to do? The often missed key to this, however, is internal rather than external.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” -Colossians 3:23-24
If Christ is truly all I have, and all I live for, then anything I put my effort into outside of Him will, and should, leave me empty. But we don’t need to change our circumstances. We need to ourselves, and live focused on Christ. So how can one grow towards living completely in and for Christ?
Start your day with worship in your heart. That’s the best way I can put it. It doesn’t matter what it looks like for you. Whether it’s the traditional “quiet time”, just talking to the Lord, or something else, you need to start your day before the God of the universe, something which can look different depending on your relationship with Him. A verse shortly after the one I quoted above reads, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
God is calling you to be smart, here, and to endeavor to see everything through who you are in Christ. On your knees is where you stand firm as a Christian, because prayer, most of all, aligns our hearts with that of the Creator. Christ must be our foundation for everyday life, for our thoughts, for our questions and answers, for our emotion.
Apply Your Strengths
Capitalize on the times when you are inspired. When an idea strikes, take the time to flesh it out. Not tomorrow. Not later. When it happens. The Gospel is a present tense Gospel, and when the Lord moves, we move with Him.
When I use the moments when I find myself motivated, inspired, or passionate, and apply them in a real way to the circumstance of my life, I being to live ahead of the game. When it comes time to fulfill obligations, I’m already there or most the way there, because I’ve been giving my everything and the Lord’s been honoring it.
At some point, it seems cultural Christianity became a list of obligations, rules, outward actions and appearances. But the only aspect of Christianity which makes it unique is Christ Himself. Put your faith in Him above all else.