So, it’s back to school time for most high schools and colleges and seminaries. Unfortunately, for many Christians – especially Christian college and seminary students – it is also a time when priorities get lost in the shuffle.
Education is important, but it is not most important. Getting an A+ in theology is not the same thing as being a good follower of Jesus Christ. So, while you are studying, make sure that you don’t put study ahead of your calling as a servant (minister) and representative (missionary) of Jesus Christ.
How do you do this? Serve people and make disciples. Make this your primary goal through the semester. Don’t wait until you graduate to start serving (ministering to) people. Start now… or continue if you’ve serving people.
A great GPA may be important for finding a job later, but it does not demonstrate obedience and faithfulness in following Jesus Christ.
Don’t let school and academic concerns distract you from your primary objective: serving people and helping them mature in Jesus Christ.
Of course, this is true for students (elementary school, middle school, high school, college, university, seminary, continuing education – all students) but it’s also true for teachers and professors, business people, stay-at-home moms… even web developers.