I knew everyone said that when I went to college it would be so much fun and I would meet so many new people. I believed what they said – it is fun and I have met many new friends, but as I am finding out now, with that comes a lot of struggles also. I meet new people every day that don’t know who I am or my background. I talk to them and I’m nice, but I am always cautious of “getting mixed up with the wrong people.” I want to be an example to those that are lost, but I also don’t want to surround myself with them and let their struggles become mine.
As a society, I think that everyone is trying to come across as non-judgmental, which is good, but many people are becoming accepting of sinful acts. I see how easy it would be to just accept people for who they are and what they do, but I just keep wondering if that’s really what God would want for me. If I’m not standing up for anything that’s right, I’m not setting an example and I’m not sharing the truth with anyone I am around. In John 14:6, Thomas asks Jesus how they could get to heaven. Jesus answered him by saying that He is the Way, the Truth and the Light and that no one gets to the Father except through Him. When I thought about this, I realized that if we think that just whatever people want to believe is okay, then we are ignoring what Christ is telling us because he says that HE is the way to heaven. He says in Acts 4:12 that “There is salvation in no one else.”
I was very blessed to be raised in a Christian home, and I can’t thank God enough for all of the wonderful examples that I have had growing up. I have been taught the gospel and I know the truth. After thinking about this, it breaks my heart to see others that don’t have the wonderful joy of knowing the gospel and God’s love. It’s selfish of me if I don’t share this with others. Everyone needs the truth and everyone is a sinner. We, as Christians, need to realize that what we are teaching them isn’t something to be ashamed of, but like Paul said in Romans 1:16, it is “the power of God for salvation.” It will save us and it will save them. We have the knowledge of the most precious gift we could ever have and we need to show people that they can have that too. I think about Jesus, and how he traveled everywhere and had to constantly set an example in the midst of sinners.
Today, Christians tend to shy away from these people living in obvious sin. But this isn’t what Jesus did. He ate with them, taught them, spent time with them and loved them. How would Christ have taught these people if He never took time to talk to them and shine His light? But, through everything, Christ never lost focus on who He was living for and what He was doing. We have to live in the same world as everyone else, but we don’t have to accept what everyone else is doing. We need to have courage for God and what He wants and commands. We may get treated unfairly at times, but we need to keep going the extra mile.
I encourage you and myself to love those people and do good to them. They need to the gospel just like us. We can still get along with people and spend time with them, but through every step of our life and with every new person we meet, we can never compromise the truth.
Don’t shy away from those living in sin, but care about them and love them. We need to show others who we are living for even when it’s hard. I pray for each one of you girls and all the struggles you go through daily. School is tough and I’ve been through many of the things that all of you are going through. As Christian sisters, keep building one another up and work to tell others about Christ while staying strong yourself!